Legendary commentator John Motson believes West Ham United are well equipped for Barclays Premier League survival and has predicted a bright future for the club.

Motty, who attended Saturday's opening-day win over Aston Villa, is confident that with the signings made and the experience of Big Sam, the Hammers will impress this season. Consolidation is always the primary aim for every newly promoted club, but Motty feels that a club of West Ham United's stature should aim higher on their return to the top tier.

"I think when you come up now consolidation is the main aim." Motson told West Ham TV. "That said the three clubs proved it last season that it is possible to come up and do better. Swansea and Norwich did very well, although QPR were run fairly close.

"I think if you asked most West Ham United supporters they would say they belong in the Premier League, but they would also agree that they have to prove that this season but hopefully finishing in a comfortable position."

Motty also spoke of his excitement ahead of every new season and revealed he simply cannot wait to see what the Hammers' new players have to offer over the course of the campaign.

"I always look forward to seeing the new players. The club have re-signed James Collins and George McCartney, the two old favourites, who are just two of the new faces Sam has brought in.

"I think it will help, it is always good to see fresh faces and I particularly think Mohamed Diame is an excellent signing.

"And the two lads from France might not be instant starters but they will have a big role to play during the season, fans expect a certain brand of football and with these players on offer they will get to see a lot of skill this year."

In a bumper year for sport one could hardly complain if Motty rewarded himself with a few days off, but the voice of football revealed he was delighted to be back.

"I am very excited to be back, and we have of course kicked off the season in the shadow of the magnificent Olympic Stadium.

"I think it is very fitting that I started here."

To see the full interview with Motty log on to West Ham TV now

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