West Ham captain Kevin Nolan says he is not surprised by his side’s start to the season and believes they’ll only continue to impress.
The Hammers won promotion back to the Premier League through the Championship play-offs in May and have continued their form into the opening few months of their return to the top flight, moving up to sixth in the table, following Sunday’s 1-0 win at Newcastle and impressing fans who watch live football online.
Their run of results has come as somewhat of a surprise as many pundits as well as punters betting on sports believed the East Londoners would struggle this term, after they regularly failed to impose themselves on their opponents throughout year in the second tier.
This prompted boss Sam Allardyce to significantly bolster his squad in the summer, making a number of shrewd signings with the likes of James Collins and Matt Jarvis moving to Upton Park.
However, perhaps the pick of his acquisitions was the loan deal he secured for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who despite being yet to score, has impressed throughout his spell.
Nolan previously played alongside the England forward at Newcastle and they have once again linked up well with the Clarets, playing a huge role in their strong start to the campaign.
The 30-year-old admits he’s been pleased with the way his side have returned to the topflight but he’s not surprised and that he expects them to continue their progress.
“If people have been surprised by us so far, then that’s their fault for underestimating us,” he said.
“We added some more quality to the squad that we came up with in the summer, so we knew we had a chance of finishing in the top 10. We’re looking like we can do that.”