The Hammers have started the 2015/16 campaign incredibly well, picking up five victories in nine matches, including successes over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City away from home.
Players such as Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet have really stolen the limelight in East London, with the latter in particular displaying his fine talent with five goals and three assists already.
However, writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Carragher feels Reid has been as influential in West Ham’s rise and says he has no doubts the defender could play for a top-four team.
“Winston Reid, though, has been just as influential. It was a surprise West Ham were able to keep him, as I have no doubt he has the qualities to play for a top-four team. I’ve liked him for a long time, so to re-sign him on a six-year contract was a massive statement,” Carragher wrote in his column.
West Ham’s signings in the summer have really taken the club on to a whole new level.
There is so much quality running through the Hammers’ squad nowadays and their attacking options are the envy of a number of their rivals also looking to break into the European places.
However, it is worth remembering that new boss Slaven Bilic had solid foundations to build upon from the beginning, and Reid has played a major part in getting the club nearer to where it wants to be.
The New Zealand international was a key member of the squad which helped the Hammers to win promotion at the first attempt following their relegation in 2011, and he has improved with each passing season.
Now aged 27, and with over 100 Premier League appearances under his belt, he is undoubtedly one of the club’s top players, without ever getting proper recognition from most top-flight observers.