Ian Bishop said on the Extratime show on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning (broadcast from 1am, August 16, 2016) that West Ham United should be aiming to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.
The former West Ham midfielder made the comments following the Hammers’ defeat to Chelsea on Monday evening.
Slaven Bilic’s side kicked off their 2016-17 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 loss to London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Bishop, though, believes that the Hammers should aim for a Champions League place.
“With the turnover of leaving Upton Park and going to the new Olympic Stadium, it’s a progression for the club itselt," said Bishop on the Extratime show on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning (broadcast from 1am, August 16, 2016) when asked what West Ham’s realistic ambitions in the Premier League this season should be. "I think they should be looking for at least Champions League. At least."
West Ham narrowly missed out on a spot in the top four of Premier League last season, and the fans will want the team to challenge for the Champions League places yet again this campaign.
It is going to be harder for the Hammers during the 2016-17 season, as there are a number of teams aiming for those spots.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and perhaps even Everton and Southampton are in contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
West Ham will take on Bournemouth at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic