Europa League means stronger squad for Irons
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 29 April 2016 at 1:47pm
Slaven Bilic has hinted that West Ham qualifying for the Europa League for a second consecutive season would potentially see the Hammers attempt to bring a couple of extra players in during the transfer window, the London Evening Standard reports.
The Irons are sixth in the Premier League table currently so stand a very good chance of playing in the continental competition next season. And Bilic has suggested that qualifying for the tournament may see them look to make more signings than they had initially planned.
“Here at West Ham, we are also thinking about next season. We don’t know if we will be in Europe but it won’t affect our pre-season too much – perhaps we would need another couple of players maximum,” he told the London Evening Standard.
“The Premier League anyway is very demanding, especially with no winter break, so you need a good, stable squad.”
While the Hammers did not go too far in this season’s competition – being knocked out in the third qualifying round – the competition gave Bilic the chance to give some of the prospects knocking on the door at the Boleyn Ground an opportunity to show what they could do.
But with the club’s profile arguably set to reach another level next season with the move to the Olympic Stadium, the possibility of playing in Europe could also help the club attract better players, and may help them move towards what may be one of their major goals in reaching the Champions League, and thus, it may be more important for Bilic to make the signings that help take them further in next year’s competition.