Mohamed Diame admits he took a 'risk' in walking away from Wigan as a free agent, but believes new employers West Ham are capable of pushing for a top-half finish.
The Senegal international built a reputation as one of the Premier League's most consistent midfield enforcers during a three-year spell with the Latics.
His efforts at the DW Stadium drew plenty of praise, and admiring glances from afar, but opting to allow his contract to run down was always going to be a risk.
As it happens, Diame had plenty of options to consider this summer and ultimately decided on opening a new chapter in his career at West Ham.
The capital outfit have ambitions of forcing their way up the top flight rankings, and Diame is convinced that Sam Allardyce's side have what it takes to break into the top 10 in their first season back in the big time.
He told the Daily Star: "I knew it was risky to leave Wigan. I knew I could get injured or something, but I had to take the chance.
"I was a little bit tired of spending the last day of the season trying to stay up every year and I knew a club would take me.
"I talked with West Ham and they told me about the people they were going to sign. I knew they were going to make their mark on the Premier League.
"I think I made a good choice because I'm very happy at this club. I think we can do something.
"We can finish in the top half of the table. We have stronger players than Wigan, we are more solid and we can score a lot of goals from set plays as well."