A lot of people look down on it but Europa League qualification, along with the move to the Olympic Stadium, might entice better players to join West Ham this summer.
I would like to think we will take the Europa League more seriously in this upcoming season because our new home demands it. What’s going to be interesting is to see who we get drawn against, how we get on in the first leg, and subsequently what team we put out in the second leg with our flagship friendly against Juventus a few days later.
With the squad as it is, plus a couple of signings, there is an argument we’ve probably got enough strength in depth to field very strong teams for both. Not everyone will play both games but like last season showed, both these games will be good pre-season for the squad. Competitive games have that impact. Aft er our good season, I don’t think we need a complete overhaul to ensure we are competitive again next season.
Certainly I think we’ll need a another defender, a midfielder and a proven goalscorer. Th ere’s been talk of the need of getting a right back but we did bring in Sam Byram with a view of him slotting in – maybe he will get more game time. Michail Antonio did well at right back but I agree he is stronger further forward.