By Olly Allen

15th Nov, 2021 | 11:45am

West Ham United legend Sir Trevor Brooking delivers verdict on current squad

West Ham United legend Sir Trevor Brooking has heaped praise on the current Hammers team in an interview with TalkSport.

The East London outfit are enjoying a sensational season so far, as they currently sit third in the Premier League table, are in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and have progressed to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

David Moyes faced many doubters when he took the manager’s job for a second time in December 2019, but he has proved them wrong by masterminding some excellent performances.

Speaking on the TalkSport breakfast show on Monday, Brooking said: “David [Moyes] has brought in players that over 18 months are playing the best football that I can remember for 20 or 30 years.

“The Czech lads have been a massive help. What he has done is organise the defence really well. [Michail] Antonio upfront has been fantastic.

“The one worry at present is that we haven’t really got another striker. He [Antonio] had a bit of hamstring trouble last year so you just worry with all the games coming up leading up to Christmas.

“It’s been an awesome season. Joint-third in the table would have been beyond anyone’s expectations but I think the biggest thing is the quality of the football. I don’t think we’ve lost away from home in over six months.”

Well-deserved praise

David Moyes and West Ham deserve all the praise they are getting for a superb season so far. They have won four league matches in a row, the latest of which was a brilliant 3-2 victory over Liverpool, leaving them just three points behind leaders Chelsea.

In addition, they have looked more than adept in their first European campaign in five years and have knocked out both Manchester clubs from the Carabao Cup.

Declan Rice has become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, while only two players have scored more goals in the English top-flight this season than Michail Antonio.

However, Brooking is right to assess the campaign with caution as there is still over two thirds of the season to go and a lot can happen between now and May.

But if their consistency over the last 18 months is anything to go by, the Hammers will certainly continue to be in the mix for the top four and will be keen to reach the latter stages of cup competitions.  

In other West Ham news, the Hammers are standing their ground on the transfer situation of one of their stars.

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