Former West Ham captain Kevin Nolan is adamant Slaven Bilic can get the club’s season back on track.
The Hammers were expected to kick on and challenge for the top six following a strong campaign last term but have struggled to ignite, winning just once in the Premier League so far, while they have already been knocked out of the Europa League.
Their move to the London Stadium has also caused consternation among the fans and the team still seem to be adapting to their new surroundings, having previously tried to make the most of the famously tight Upton Park.
Nolan was released by the club last August but appears to have no hard feelings and has praised the strength of the squad.
Although he admits other teams have improved themselves over the summer, he believes Bilic remains the right man to guide the Hammers to success this season.
“Last year the team fell short at the final hurdle at the end of the season,” he told the club’s official website. “This year the team needs to be looking at winning a trophy and finishing in the top seven.
“It will be a lot more difficult this season as Liverpool have recruited well, Manchester United and Chelsea have also signed good players. You have then got the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal so it will be a tough season.
“But I have got every confidence in Slaven and the players he has brought into the Club. With the squad they have got, they can still have a great season and compete for a trophy.”
West Ham will look to get their first away win of the season on Saturday when they travel to West Brom, and punters may choose to use their free bet to back them to beat the Baggies.