West Ham: Jamie Redknapp believes lack of fans has worked in favour amid Premier League top four bid

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‘Their fans can be their best friend or WORST ENEMY’: Jamie Redknapp says West Ham have benefitted from lack of fans at the London Stadium during their push for the Premier League top four because the players have more ‘freedom’

  • Jamie Redknapp believes having no fans has worked in West Ham’s favour 
  • Redknapp said the Hammers fans can be ‘their best friend or worst enemy’
  • David Moyes’ men moved into the top four after beating Spurs 2-1 on Sunday

Jamie Redknapp believes the lack of supporters in the stands has worked in West Ham’s favour this season as the club’s fans can be their ‘worst enemy’.

David Moyes’ Hammers side moved into the top four following their 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday, which comes months after the club escaped relegation the season before.

And Redknapp, a boyhood West Ham fan, remained optimistic about their chances up against the top-flight’s ‘Big Six’ entering the business end of the campaign.

Jamie Redknapp believes the lack of fans has worked in West Ham’s favour this season

David Moyes has led the Hammers into the race for a top four finish in the Premier League

David Moyes has led the Hammers into the race for a top four finish in the Premier League

Over recent seasons, following a controversial move from their beloved Boleyn Ground to the Olympic Stadium in London, the fans have been very vocal about their unrest regarding the club’s inconsistency on the pitch and their board off the pitch. 

‘This could be their year,’ Redknapp said before their Premier League match against Spurs. 

‘We talk about the influence of crowds this season and teams like Liverpool, it certainly effects them. I always felt with West Ham, the crowd could be their best friend or worst enemy. 

Redknapp said the empty stands help as Hammers fans can be 'best friend or worst enemy'

Redknapp said the empty stands help as Hammers fans can be ‘best friend or worst enemy’

West Ham moved into the top four after their impressive 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday

West Ham moved into the top four after their impressive 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday

‘And there could be an argument to say the players are playing with more freedom. The crowd don’t shout if they give the ball away, no disrespect to the fans. It’s just the facts of playing against them. 

‘It’s no coincidence that this season there is more freedom, more flair. They are better organised. This is a real opportunity. 

‘But there is no doubt West Ham are a crowd that can make it edgy when things are going wrong.’



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