Dominic Cork backs West Ham to gatecrash Premier League title hopefuls

Dominic Cork and Sajid Mahmood

Former England cricketer turned sports pundit Dominic Cork has backed West Ham United to gatecrash the clubs challenging for the Premier League title.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match with their coaching staffWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the last ever game at Upton Park

The Hammers brought the curtain down on 112 years of history at their beloved Boleyn Ground at the end of the season with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester United.

And now all eyes are on the East Londoners after their big move to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium down the road in Stratford.

An astonishing 52,000 season ticket holders - a new West Ham record and a figure that puts them second only to Manchester United - confirms the Hammers are on the up.

West Ham finished last season with a club record Premier League points total and their first positive goal difference since 1986.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic during the press conferenceWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic faces a tough ask to improve on last season

Tough act to follow

Slaven Bilic's side will have to go some to better last season's seventh place finish given the competitive nature of the Premier League and influx of some of the finest managers on the planet.

Dominic Cork made his name with his supreme skills as a bowler but is not short of an opinion or two when it comes to football.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Leicester City were being mentioned as the seven hopefuls for the title on talkSPORT.

Dominic Cork and Sajid MahmoodDominic Cork spoke up for West Ham in title challenge debate

'Why not West Ham?'

But Cork spoke up for the Hammers, telling Alan Brazil's Sports Breakfast not to discount Bilic's side.

"Can West Ham? Could they... could they challenge?" Cork said on talkSPORT.

"You know, new stadium, (Dimitri) Payet, Bilic, could they? You wouldn't have thought so but why not? If Leicester can then why not West Ham?"

General view before the game
	HammersosWest Ham's new Olympic Stadium

Squad is looking deep and strong

With the prospect of the gruelling Europa League fixture list to factor in West Ham will need to keep their key players fit to push on this season.

But with a host of quality players added to their squad and the chance more will join before the window slams shut in September Bilic's squad should have enough strength in depth.

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