Dietmar Hamann warns the Premier League about 'massive' West Ham

Slaven Bilic

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has warned other Premier League clubs about 'massive' West Ham United.

The Hammers are fifth in the Premier League table and one point off the Champions League places after winning 3-1 away at Bournemouth in midweek.

It was a fourth win in a row for Slaven Bilic's side in all competitions and extended the club's unbeaten run to eight games.

That is despite a glut of injuries to seven key first team players and amid a lot of media hype about Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Stoke City who are all enjoying impressive seasons of their own.

'West Ham is a club to watch'

But while West Ham go somewhat under the radar, pundit Dietmar Hammann told talkSPORT they should not be underestimated.

"Slaven Bilic is doing a great job there he really is," Hamann told talkSPORT.

"I think West Ham really are a club to watch.

"They are a massive club, they are a well run club and they are moving to the new stadium next season which is what 56-60,000 (fans) and the extra revenue that brings.

"West Ham is a club to watch."

Under the radar

While Bilic is probably quite happy for his side to be left alone while they quietly go about mounting a surprise bid for a Champions League spot, some supporters - and co-owner David Gold in particular are not.

Hammers fans have been bemoaning a lack of coverage and recognition for their high-flying team on the likes of BBC's Match of the Day and from pundits in general.

In fact Gold has been so incensed he has recently taken to Twitter to lambast the BBC and one of their pundits Mark Lawrenson.

Lawrenson has predicted 15 defeats and just two wins for the Hammers this season - which would have left them second bottom of the Premier League rather than fifth.

But now Hamann has done his bit to redress the balance and the West Ham faithful will be glad to see the club getting the credit they deserve.

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