Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour told talkSPORT why he feels West Ham need to be wary as they embark on the adventure of Europa League football.
The Hammers will have the chance to qualify for the European tournament after getting a chance through the Fair Play League and it’s a competition which will create a number of benefits for the club.
However, Parlour feels that whoever comes in as the next West Ham manager is going to have a real challenge to bring in fresh faces and improve the squad.
“Going forward, we could see with Everton that they couldn’t really handle the amount of games with their squad at the time and really they need to reinforce that squad as well – They’ll be excited about playing in Europe but they need to get more players in,” said Parlour.
The Europa League makes West Ham more appealing and that in turn makes the job of the next manager easier in terms of attracting players.
It’s a competition which the Hammers can use as a bargaining chip in negotiations for any player they are interested in this summer.
However, they still need to make sure that they approach qualifying for the competition in a professional manner and aren’t complacent.
Europe will also expose West Ham’s players to a different level of competition and new experiences, which will help to refine the squad and that creates positive knock on effects looking ahead to the Premier League.
It’s also a platform which will allow the next manager to come in and use some younger players, giving them a chance to develop.
However, the main task in relation to the Europa League stays the same; the squad has to be improved.