Sakho: This is West Ham's main objective ahead of stadium change

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West Ham United forward Diafra Sakho has suggested that the main objective for the club before and during the move to Stratford.

West Ham United forward Diafra Sakho has explained on the club’s website that the main aim for the team at the Olympic Stadium is consistently compete in Europe.

West Ham have one season left at Upton Park before the move to Stratford, which opens up a number of exciting possibilities for the team.

“It’s the Club's objective at the moment to play European football at the new Stadium,” he said.

“We as players are here to make that happen. We'll give it our all in the next year to get there.”

The increased capacity at West Ham is going to create extra pressure on the manager and the players to perform and increase the standard that the Hammers are currently playing at.

If the side can end their final season at Upton Park with European football in the bank, it could create a real wave of momentum as the side moves into their new ground.

European football is vital for West Ham if they have aspirations to move forward and develop over the next few seasons.

One of the main ways for any group of players to improve is if they are playing in a higher standard than they are normally used to.

The youngsters and all players at the club would benefit from competing against more established European teams, who have greater experience.

It will highlight any gaps the Hammers have in their squad and raise the overall standard, which should create positive knock on effects for the team with regards to the domestic competitions they’re involved in.

However, there is an awful long way to go before those positives become evident for the side.

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