'West Ham squad up there with the best I've had' - Allardyce

The experienced manager believes his current squad is among his most talented yet and believes they are well equipped to improve on last season's tenth-placed finish
Sam Allardyce claimed West Ham’s squad is one of the best he has coached, as he outlined his ambition for the season following his side's season-opening 2-0 home win over Cardiff.

Joe Cole gave the home side the lead with a neat turn and finish in the box, and Kevin Nolan extended their advantage in the second half after finishing a flowing move with a precise shot from the edge of the box.

Winger Stewart Downing made his debut as a substitute, while left-back Razvan Rat was named on the bench, and the Hammers' boss praised the ability and depth of his squad.

"In year two in the Premier League this squad is right up there with the best I’ve had," the former Bolton, Newcastle and Blackburn manager told The Telegraph.

"We’ve started to show that we’ve improved the squad and are starting to grow. We’ll be aiming for about 50 points. That’s four more than last year, which would be brilliant for us.

"But when the window is shut I’ll calculate how much teams have spent and how much we’ve spent, and that will give me another indication as to what we may be able to achieve."