Andy Carroll: West Ham must start to push for Europe next season

Carroll is keen to see West Ham push on for European qualification.

Speaking to the Standard, Hammers forward Carroll has expressed his belief that the club need to start fighting for qualification to European football next term, after dropping out of the race this season.

“We need to start pushing for Europe next season,” the striker, who has 14 goals for the Hammers, said. “We started off well this season and need to maintain it all the way through.”

Heading into the turn of 2014, West Ham were on course for their best ever finish, and many considered them real contenders for at least Europa League qualification, if not Champions League.

Victories over Manchester City and Liverpool had proven that Sam Allardyce’s men could defeat any opponent in the top flight, and whilst a number of clubs struggled around them in the search for the upper echelons of the Premier League table, the Hammers were riding high on good form and great performances.

However, that has not continued post-Christmas, and just two wins in 2015 have taken the East London club out of the running for European football, and even maybe into the bottom half of the table.

This decline in form has done much to suggest Allardyce’s contract will not be renewed in the summer, and even with winning all their remaining games the season will end in disappointment.

With the move to the Olympic Stadium coming up, and West Ham’s desire to establish themselves as a real top flight contender, they should be pushing for it at the earliest opportunity. Securing qualification for the Europa League during next season would be ideal for the club, as then they could welcome in their stadium move with European football to their name.

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