Cresswell: There's no reason West Ham can't achieve this next season

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West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell feels the club can compete for a place in Europe with the right signings this summer.

West Ham United defender Aaron Cresswell told the club’s TV channel that he feels the Hammers can definitely challenge for a European place next season.

The left-back was speaking after collecting his award for West Ham’s Player of the Year, but stressed the club’s recruitment drive over the summer has to be spot on.

“I think we’ve got a real good chance next year if the right players come through the door. We were sitting fourth at Christmas and we’ve had a little blip of late but if we finish in the top ten, I think it’s a real good season,” said Cresswell.

“If we get a few new faces, there’s no reason we can’t challenge for that European spot.”

The Hammers showed glimpses over the first half of the season of the sort of form they’ll need to break into the top six next year.

Since the turn of the year, they have fallen off the pace and have slipped down the table, but if manager Sam Allardyce keeps his position, he can develop the ideas he’ll likely already have over the way the team can be developed and improved.

West Ham need to get themselves into a position where they can cope more effectively with injuries, which pile up and develop over the course of the season.

Allardyce, or whoever replaces him, needs to be sure that he has two good options in ever position so that West Ham stay competitive in all games across all competitions and set things up well for the move to the Olympic Stadium.

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