The Hammers continue their quest to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League later this evening, as they take on Birkirkara FC after seeing off FC Lusitans in the last round.
It’s a competition, which represents a much higher number of games for the Hammers, should they make it through, which Allardyce feels is going to place real strain over the rest of the squad.
“If you play more games in Europe, along with the FA Cup and League Cup, you’re going to test the squad.”
“I’m not sure the squad is strong and deep enough if they have a long run in Europe. Staying clear of injuries is the most important thing in any manager’s season.”
How can Bilic make life easier for himself in terms of Europe?
Any competition which represents a higher number of games for a club creates a pressure for the manager to increase the size of his squad.
Bilic has been careful over the players he’s brought into the club so far this summer and he needs to be careful over the rest of the transfer window.
The Hammers have good resources in place to go after new players, but they can’t afford to waste money on players, who can’t really offer something different to the current squad.
Bilic also needs to keep a firm grasp over the club’s pre-season training schedule. The sessions needs to be right in terms of intensity and it’s also important that the players get some good work done in the gym.
For Bilic to improve the chance of West Ham’s squad staying fitter for longer, the players need to be stronger in terms of their cardiovascular and muscular fitness, which are areas they should be working extensively on over the next couple of weeks.