West Ham United defender James Tomkins said on the Gillette Soccer Saturday show on Sky Sports News HQ on Saturday afternoon (November 21) that big teams in the Premier League are starting to fear them.
“I think people are fearing us,” said the 26-year-old. “I think big teams are starting to fear us, thinking ‘Oh, they have turned over a few good teams’.”
West Ham are a changed side from last season and are playing better this term.
Under manager Slaven Bilic, the Hammers’ football has been more entertaining and pleasing to the eye.
True, West Ham lost 4-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on Sunday evening, but that should not take anything away from their wonderful performances so far this campaign.
The London outfit have defeated the likes of Arsenal (away), Liverpool (away), Manchester City (away) and Chelsea (home) this season.
The players are playing with confidence and with a clear purpose, and credit must be given to everyone at the club.
A top-four finish or even a top-six finish in the Premier League may not be possible this season, but West Ham can certainly do better than last campaign when they ended up 12th in the table.