West Ham midfielder Alex Song has stated the club can become a Premier League giant within the next five years, but it is hard to envisage the Hammers ever winning a title.
The east London outfit have undoubtedly improved on the pitch this season and the signings they made in the summer was a real statement of intent. They have their mega-bucks move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016, too, which suggests they will have additional clout from a financial perspective.
However, in a league that has been consistently dominated by the same teams since its conception 22 years ago – Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and more recently, Manchester City – are West Ham really the club capable of ending their superiority?
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Sam Allardyce’s side have looked a force to be reckoned with this campaign for sure. The capture of Barcelona man Song was an incredible signing and if they can keep him permanently it will be a massive step in the right direction.
The Cameroon international has insisted the club can replicate Atletico Madrid’s La Liga success – no one ever envisaged any team dislodging Barca or Real Madrid – but in England it is arguably more competitive. Furthermore, Atletico have been doing well and playing Champions League football for a number of years, so to suggest West Ham can reach their heights in five is massively ambitious.
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The move to the Olympic Stadium will generate more funds to buy and pay players with, which in turn should help the Hammers in trying achieve their lofty ambitions. The venue can also act as an attraction for bigger names but in theory they will still need to be playing on a European stage to have a real chance.
It is an exciting time for West Ham but it is important people at the club don’t get ahead of themselves, a new stadium will be another massive step for them to becoming an elite side but it will be on the pitch that they will need to really prove their credentials.
When you look at the kind of money the current ‘big teams’ have to throw around it is hard to envisage the Irons ever being able to consistently compete. Teams have tried in the past but it often results in a disappointing flash in the pan – one season battling at the top followed by a predictable decline.
Liverpool came agonisingly close to winning their first Premier League last term. They can’t attract the players that they used to and the sale of Luis Suarez has epitomised the gulf between the aspiring teams and the accomplished ones. Without a player of his quality they are way off the pace and probably won’t get near the title for many years to come.
You need the best players to win trophies and to attract the best players you need money, but to keep the best players you need consistent success. This is near-on impossible for clubs like West Ham to achieve in a league comprised of rich owners and greedy players, but as the old saying goes ‘anything can happen in football’, though it’s often more predictable than people care to admit.