Frank Lampard has backed West Ham to continue their fine Premier League form of last season and push on once the new campaign gets underway.
The ex-Chelsea boss believes with such an experienced and high-quality manager in David Moyes at the helm, his former club are capable of continuing their improvements under the Scot.
Moyes took West Ham to a record-breaking Premier League points tally of 65, a top-six finish, and with it, Europa League football and Lampard believes the boss is worthy of the praise he has earned.
“I think they have got a really good manager in David Moyes, really experienced and now absolutely getting the credit for the job he is doing and done there,” Lampard said.
“They have a good squad of players which it seems they will keep and maybe add to slightly, we will see in the rest of the [transfer] window.”
Lampard was a well-known admirer of Declan Rice’s talent whilst Chelsea boss, with the Blues regularly linked with a transfer move for the Hammer during his time at Stamford Bridge. The 43-year-old may no longer be a Premier League manager but his admiration for Rice remains undimmed.
“Declan Rice has come through as an emerging talent and it seems to me is the leader of the team and a real character in the middle of the team,” he said.
However, Lampard believes that Rice is backed up by a talented squad that can once again challenge for the European spots in the Premier League.
He added: “They are a strong team and I think will do well again in the league again and I think in the Europa League it is up to them and I think they could have a really good run.”
The West Ham vice-captain was part of England’s Euro 2020 squad that tasted an agonising defeat in the final on penalties against Italy and Lampard was asked if the Three Lions young players such as Mason Mount and Rice can bounce back from that disappointment and continue to improve.
“Yes, he can and they can,” Lampard said. “The young players like Declan Rice, Phil Foden, [Jadon] Sancho who has come into the Premier League now, I think will be better for whatever their experiences were, whether it ended in disappointment to different degrees because of course they did not win and they would have been desperate to do that.
“But once the dust settles you appreciate you have a tournament like that behind you. I certainly felt the confidence off the back of that [Euro 2004] so hopefully, they feel that and take it back to their club football.”
Source by Football London