George Parris: I’m excited to see what Moyes’ Boys can achieve this campaign

'My main hope is that we are able to play the same quality of football again this season...'

David Moyes (West Ham manager) at the EPL match West Ham United v Burnley, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th January, 2021. English Premier League matches are still being played behind closed doors because of the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and government social distancing/lockdown restrictions.

My hope for this season is that it’s a bit more of the same, but whether or not we’re able to finish in the same position, I’m not sure.

If we could be challenging for European places – even the Champions League spaces – until the end of the season again would be fantastic though and you’ve got to hope this happens.

My main hope is that we are able to play the same quality of football again this season because if we do, I feel like we could win more games than we did last season.

There’s no escaping the fact that our Europa League campaign will have an impact on our season, but last season we had games midweek and at the weekend for most weeks.

There will, however, be more travelling involved and this could have an effect. Squad depth and strength is going to be key and that’s not something we have at this moment but who knows what might change before the transfer window closes.

But the Europa League is a glorious opportunity for the club to put ourselves back on the map of Europe once more.

Our Premier League form and injuries will be key on how seriously we take it. It’ll be good to hit the ground running this season and hopefully get a few more quality players in.

I have been surprised by the lack of transfer activity not just at West Ham but across the league as a whole but the Euros hasn’t helped.

There will be lots of clubs in the same boat who have wanted to get stuff done but can’t because their targets were playing at the Euros for their country.

As for our squad depth, last season we were fortunate that we didn’t have as many as we did.

This meant David Moyes had more personnel to pick from and wasn’t forced into making too many changes.

Speaking of the Euros, it was such a fantastic festival of football. It was a shame it panned out how it did with us losing on penalties but it shows yet more progress for the national side.

The bond between players and fans is very important and it hasn’t really been there for many years for the national side but this has changed now.

The downside was the racism after the final, and yet another example of it still rearing its ugly head again.

I’m not sure we will be able to eradicate it because that’s just how our society is. 

All we can do is to keep trying and hope that incidents fall and that it becomes a really small minority as opposed to growing to a majority. But it’s not just a football thing. It’s society.

Although I was saddened that no sooner had England lost on penalties that the racist posts were sent, I wasn’t surprised and I don’t think anyone was. It’s just how it is.

But the football was really good and it felt like, to me, that the tournament flew by.

Declan Rice performed really well. We know what he can do but the fact he did it on the international stage has hopefully proved to a few doubters that he can play.

I’m sure his stock has gone up massively once again. It’s going to be interesting to see if he can kick on again this season.

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