Joe Cole: West Ham need five years to compete with the top Premier League teams

Aston Villa man Joe Cole believes West Ham need five more years to compete in the Premier League.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Joe Cole has admitted that the Hammers need another five years to truly compete with the best Premier League sides, after taking major strides this season.

Cole said: “West Ham are on the brink of being right up there with the top teams in the country. When I say brink, I mean the next five-years – especially when they move into the new Stadium.”

The Hammers have started this season in exceptional form, with 14 points from eight games leaving them in 6th place. They have shown a great away record, and although struggles have been found at home, Slaven Bilic has built a side capable of defeating even the best teams in the league.

However, they are not yet consistent enough to perform this well every week, and that is preventing them from being considered as real Champions League contenders, let alone as a potential team in for the league title.

The main aim this season was to stay in the Premier League, and Bilic looks well on course to achieving this aim, whilst also potentially pushing for the Europa League places.

With the move to the Olympic Stadium next season, and the new TV deal, the financial backing West Ham will receive in the coming years has the potential to be excessive, and that means they can further strengthen their side.

Cole believes that five more years are needed before the Hammers will be considered potential title contenders, and judging on their upward trajectory, there is a great chance Cole’s prediction could come true.

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