The well-known sports presenter suggested on his website that West Ham could struggle to maintain their current run of good form in the coming months.
There is a buzz around the Boleyn Ground and the fans are hopeful of a top-half finish at least, but Keys recently claimed that things may not go according to plan.
“If Chelsea have been toiling because they came back late in the summer is there anything in my theory that the Hammers are flying right now because they've been back playing since July 2?” the former Sky Sports presenter wrote on his website.
“They had 12 games behind them by the time the season kicked off. If there is, I suspect they might run out of steam before anybody else. We'll see.”
West Ham did indeed start their season in July as they were playing in the Europa League qualifiers, but that should not affect them in the coming months.
The main reason is that manager Slaven Bilic did not use his strongest lineup in those matches and left out some of his key players.
Moreover, the likes of Michail Antonio and Victor Moses signed on transfer deadline day, while attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini arrived in late July.
It is unlikely that West Ham will be able to retain their place in the top four of the Premier League table for long, but it will be a surprise if they collapse dramatically.
West Ham fans have had their say on Keys’ comments on HITC Sport. Below are some of the best comments:
Philtheiron: “For the record yes we did return earlier than some and yes we have played twenty odd games but, the Europa campaign and pre season friendlies were done with largely two different squads with Europe in particular being largely made up with the youngsters and squad members.
“Bilic used pre season to have a look at and run the rule over all of his players so nobody has been overplayed. Furthermore a lot of our current first team have only recently been signed(four on deadline day) and the others as already explained have been used sparingly.
“So subsequently the first team is still in the process of gelling and as such cannot possibly be described as being on the verge of burnout having all played over twenty+ games already!”
Stockporthammer: “I believe Slav was very wise Saturday with tonight in mind by taking Moses off on the hour (as blooding Antonio in that setting was a still a risk (one which paid off, granted)) plus only putting Ginge on when Jenks limped off and Tomkins went to right back.
“I think we will could see a 4-5-1 including Moses, Lanzini and Zarate all starting in midfield alongside Noble and Obiang with Randolph between the sticks and Carroll fresh for an hour and another 30 minutes for Jelavic.
“Think Slav can cleverly rotate using/resting and subbing players in prem games to keep almost everyone fresh but still put out a really strong side. Not bad considering he has 5 players injured and Amalfitano unselectable out of a 25 man squad… This will show Mr Keys just how good we really are with c.7 games in December.”
Brendan: “Whats he on about. Jenkinson, Moses. Payet, Carroll, Antonio, Samuelson, Ogbonna, Jelavic, Valencia and Song etc never played in the Europa Lge. Nolan, O'Brien, Jarvis, Amalfitano and Downing played but they are not playing now.”
Hammernuts 6566: “In total agreement with other posters & what they have commented, we are now in the very favourable position of having adequate cover in nearly every position, much younger squad less injury prone pacy energetic all busting a gut to stay in the team with others breathing down their necks, injured players getting nearer to return.
"Add the fab development probably quicker than expected of some great kids who also have a chance to play under a manager that encourages watches & knows all their names, all in all can only see a team that is gelling getting to know each other game by game, that buy into Slav's methods ( what a cool dude).”
cb_cb: “Our first team players played at most 2 games before the season started. he just doesn't like his ‘be careful what you wish for’ comments about his mate Allardyce being shown to be so profoundly wrong.”