Cresswell admits West Ham stars haven't thought about possible European adventure

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West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell says he and his teammates haven't considered a possible entry route into Europe.

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell has explained on the club’s website that the side isn’t focused on a potential entry route into Europe via the Fair Play League.

West Ham are currently top of the FPL, which represents a potential entry route into Europe one season before the club’s highly publicised move to the Olympic Stadium.

However, the defender has suggested it’s not something which the players or management are actively thinking about.

“It’s not really crossed our minds, but obviously it would be massive to get into Europe however you get there. It would be massive for the Club and the fans,” he said.

European football is the next step for West Ham as the club looks to press on and progress over the next couple of seasons, as they prepare for a move to a bigger stadium and more possibilities.

A European platform would increase the commercial opportunities open to the club and would also give the players a more competitive group to compete in.

One of the only ways for any group of players to improve is to challenge themselves against a variety of opponents and European football provides that.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will want his side to qualify in a more conventional manner but if it’s something, which helps him to keep his job and helps to provide a platform the club can use as a springboard looking ahead to the Stratford move, it’s difficult to see a downside.

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