By Sam Stone

5th Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

Graeme Souness questions West Ham United summer ambition live on talkSPORT

Graeme Souness has suggested that expectation and a potential lack of summer investment could see West Ham face a tough upcoming Premier League campaign.

The Hammers have made four permanent summer additions and have paid over £30million twice already this summer.

However, Souness is still unsure about the Hammers’ summer business and feels the raised expectation could hinder David Moyes’ squad.

Talking on talkSPORT Breakfast (5 August, 09:56), he said: “I think Antonio needs to have a good year.

“I look at the goals, where are the goals going to come from?

“I think the expectation for West Ham’s fans and players is far greater than it was 12 months ago.

“The London Stadium could absolutely take off, it’s fabulous but have they invested enough to push themselves further on, I’m not sure.

“I just worry about the goals and the expectation level at West Ham this season, some players could go missing.”

Living the dream

Is there actually a heightened level of expectation amongst West Ham fans?

Hammers’ fans have been living the dream over the last couple of years and considering where the club was when Moyes took over, there surely cannot be an extreme level of expectation at the London Stadium just yet.

West Ham have obviously invested this summer and will be looking to improve on their seventh-place finish from the 2021/22 campaign.

But considering the amount of money being spent by the big six teams this summer, fans will be happy to compete for the Europa League spots again.

In reality, West Ham have a great chance of pushing themselves well into the big six picture after their excellent summer business.

Moyes has targeted problem areas within his squad and adequately strengthened them with Burnely winger Maxwel Cornet set to be the next player through the door as per 90min (4 August).

Most West Ham fans are flying at heights they’ve never done before so the expectation will be very similar to how it was last season, despite the influx of signings.