Mark Noble: West Ham’s squad is not big enough to cope with Europa League

Noble is well aware that West Ham’s squad is not big enough to deal with the Europa League.

Speaking to the official West Ham website, Mark Noble indicated that the current Hammers squad is not yet good enough to cope with the rigours of the Europa League, which they may yet qualify for.

The 28-year-old said: “Once the Europa League's confirmed, we'll know where we have to be, who we're playing and how many players we're going to have to get in. You need to have fresh legs for that competition and at the moment in time our squad's not big enough.”

This is certainly a true fact, with the Hammers unable to deal with the Premier League alone due to possessing a small, injury-hit squad, but it does not bode well for next season.

The East London club look set to secure passage to the Europa League through the Fair Play table, and, as Noble points out, they can start strengthening their squad for that competition.

This is a pleasing thought, and the knowledge of European football will bringing a higher calibre of player to the Boleyn Ground, but there is a worrying fact beneath this.

Due to qualifying through the Fair Play table, West Ham’s season in Europe will start on July 2nd, just one day after the opening of the summer transfer window.

This means they would have little time to strengthen before their competitive campaign begins next season, and they may not even have a manager in place by that time.

The knowledge that the West Ham squad is going to be strengthened is a great thought, but with their season starting incredibly early due to European football, it could be that their Europa League campaign is over before they have even had the time to improve their current playing squad.

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