Rio Ferdinand says West Ham should be happy with top 10 this season

The Hammers have started well under Slaven Bilic and are targeting the top six and beyond.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Rio Ferdinand has told West Ham United that they should be pleased with a top 10 finish this season.

The Hammers replaced manager Sam Allardyce with Slaven Bilic in the summer, as they sought a change of style at Upton Park.

The Croatian has enjoyed a fine start to life back in England as well, with his side recording impressive away wins against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

They are currently seventh in the table and just six points outside of a top-four place, meaning fans are dreaming of Champions League football next season.

Ferdinand, though, says they should be more than pleased with a top 10, or top eight finish if possible.

“They’ve been a great surprise this year; they’ve had some fantastic results,” he told

“Dimitri Payet is a massive loss, I was surprised that he wasn’t picked up before now. He’s a great coup for West Ham and he’s proved in the first few months how talented he is.”

“If they can get him back soon I’m sure they’ll have a strong second half of the season. In terms of a target, I think West Ham have got to be happy with a top 10, top eight finish.”

As Ferdinand suggests, getting Payet back to full fitness as soon as possible will surely be vital to West Ham’s hopes this season.

The Frenchman has been key to everything they have done well so far under Bilic, and losing him at such a vital stage of the season has already had a negative effect on them.

With him out, fans will be hoping some of the other squad players can step up and cover for him until he returns.

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