New West Ham United goalkeeper Darren Randolph told West Ham TV why he feels the Europa League will be a brilliant experience for the club, suggesting the side should be aiming to win the competition.
The Hammers learned who their opponents would be in the qualifying round for the competition earlier this week, with FC Lusitans standing between the East Londoners and a place in the Europa League group stage.
If the club can qualify, Randolph holds no doubt over what it means for the Hammers as they go about looking for some success in Slaven Bilic’s first season in charge.
“I had a little taster at Motherwell for two seasons in the Europa League and I thought it was brilliant; getting to travel and play against different teams and getting those experiences,” he told WHTV.
“It’s brilliant and it’s just brilliant to be here with West Ham – The Champions League is definitely a possibility and something that we should look towards.”
Europa League worries
There are reasons to be cautious for West Ham in relation to the Europa League such as the extensive travelling and the short turnaround time between matches.
However, Randolph doesn’t seem to feel that will be a problem, with the travelling something the club should be looking forward to rather than fearing.
The worry with travelling is the fatigue which is created as a result and Bilic needs to work hard over the summer to increase the size of his squad to cope with the higher volume of matches.
Is the Champions League a realistic aim?
Getting a place in the Champions League for next season would be fantastic for the Hammers, but it won’t be the club’s main priority over the season.
The main aim will be consolidation and improvement in the Premier League and if the club can go on a good run in the Europa League, the FA Cup or the League Cup, Bilic will take that as a bonus.