Forget Europe! It is the home front that counts

The main objective for this season has to be to make sure we are still in the Premier League come the final whistle being blown at the Britannia Stadium on May 15. Full stop.

The main objective for this season has to be to make sure we are still in the Premier League come the final whistle being blown at the Britannia Stadium on May 15. Full stop. With the move to the Olympic Stadium, I don’t think it can be stressed enough how much we need to retain our Premier League status this season.

Sure, it has been nice to see West Ham play in Europe, but we’ve seen in recent years the impact of playing Thursday/ Sunday over a long period can have on league form and we need to be careful we’re not pulled into a relegation battle. Only time will tell what impact the early start to our season will have on our entire season.

If we start really well in the league in August and September, people will say starting in July has helped us but if we don’t start well, people will say the players are tired. With the squad we have, we should be looking at securing a top 10 finish. Of all our summer signings I’m really looking forward to seeing a bit more of Dimitri Payet. He looks like he is going to be a decent buy

I just hope we’re able to get a similar start to the one we had last season, get some points on the board early and then, unlike last season, kick on in the New Year.

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