George Parris: ‘It is time West Ham made a bid for the European spots’

The Irons have the squad in place to do great things this season

For me, success this season would be West Ham breaking into the top six and a decent cup run, especially when you look back at what we could have done in the FA Cup last season had we not been dumped out by AFC Wimbledon.

The main thing this month is for the new signings to hit the ground running and take things one game at a time.

You’d hope with so many of last summer’s new signings having had a full Premier League season and now pre-season together, we should be able to do something we’ve not done in the past few Augusts – win!

People have been quick to judge the team on our pre-season but it’s always difficult to get a true feeling of how we are shaping up by watching pre-season games.

You could have a great pre-season and then have an awful season – like we did under Avram Grant – or have a terrible pre-season but have a storming season.

Pre-season, let’s not forget, is all about getting your match fitness and sharpness and bedding in the new players.

The difference this season is that we’ve not had such an overhaul of the squad so I hope it won’t take long before everything clicks into gear.

Marko Arnautovic

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but I’m sure most West Ham fans would agree that we should have got rid of Marko Arnautović in January.

But it is what it is and now I’m looking forward to seeing if Haller is the real deal and worth the money we spent on him.

One thing I would say is, as a striker, he is very reliant on the service he is going to get. You could be the best striker in the world but without the ball in good places, you’re never going to score.

If we find he isn’t scoring goals, we need to look not just at what he is doing but also why he perhaps isn’t getting the service he needs. If he can get a couple of goals in August, that will settle him quickly and boost his confidence.

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