Former West Ham midfielder Scott Parker has labelled the Hammers a mid-table club following their 4-1 London derby defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, as reported by Sky Sports.
Parker made 129 first team appearances for West Ham between 2007 and 2011 and was a hero amongst the Hammers faithful, becoming only the second player in the club’s history to win three consecutive Hammer of the Year awards after Sir Trevor Brooking did so in the 1970s.
Parker left the East London outfit to sign for Spurs after the club was relegated in 2011, much to the anger of the fans who adored him at the Boleyn Ground.
And Parker was brutally honest in his assessment of his former club on Sunday, following the Hammers’ fourth defeat of the campaign.
He told Sky Sports: “West Ham are a mid-table team.
“They are have some very good players and I see this as just a blip in confidence.”
Following an impressive start to life under new boss Slaven Bilic, which saw the Hammers record historic away wins at Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and a home victory over Chelsea, they have now gone three games without a win.
West Ham were beginning to believe a top four challenge may be an outside possibility given their side’s impressive performances against the top sides, but their huge loss to Tottenham will have dispelled those hopes quite quickly, which Parker was quick to point out.
Jamie Redknapp also weighed in with his thoughts about the Hammers on Sunday, claiming: “I think they’ve been punching above their weight, they’re a mid-table team.
“I don’t think we should get too excited thinking they can get in to the top four.”