By Azeem Siddiqui

4th Aug, 2022 | 9:40pm

Jamie Carragher heaps praise on ‘tough’ West Ham United

Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on West Ham and called them a team “to be at” outside the top six.

The Hammers had a more than decent campaign last time around where they finished in the seventh position. This season, they will face reigning champions Manchester City in the opening fixture.

Carragher, while talking in The Overlap Live Fan Debate, suggested that no big team want to face the Irons now.

“It’s tough (to see West Ham break the top six this season),” he said. “I mean West Ham have had two of the best seasons they can have and it’s still difficult to get in there.

“You’re talking about top six, well they’ve done that before. And can one of the top six not be at their best and have a really poor season, of course, they can and it’s happened in the past.

“And West Ham are the team right now who you look at as that team that can make that jump…

“I just think West Ham, outside the top six, is almost the team to be at right now, who – when you’re playing against them or you’re going away to West Ham – you think, or any of the top six are thinking, ‘it’s going to be a tough game this’.”

Tough to Beat

It was less than two decades ago when we got to see Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano holding their shirts as West Ham players.

That was the time when teams used to fear the Hammers based on the football they played and the players they recruited.

Well, fast forward 15 years and we are seeing exactly the same signs now. The Irons have become a side that no top Premier League club wants to face these days.

The signings of Nayef Aguerd, Gianluca Scamacca, and Flynn Downes show a lot about their recruitment policy in the last few months.

Under the supervision of David Moyes, West Ham have become tough to beat with players like Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen in the team.

Last season at home, they beat Liverpool and drew against Manchester City despite taking a two-goal lead.

With the way they were performing last season, you can argue that they should have finished in the top-six, but a defeat to Brighton extinguished those hopes. However, they are certainly looking ready to push the Premier League front-runners again.