There are no guarantees that the Hammers will progress to the Europa League group stages as of yet, but midfielder Mark Noble has told Sky Sports that more players will have to be brought in should they reach the group stages.
He said: “We need numbers because of the Europa League. The group stages, if we qualify for that, then we have to play another eight games during the season which is tough. But we have a lot of ability now, with some strong players and some experienced players.”
The Hammers start their Premier League campaign this weekend with a tough fixture against Arsenal, with their Europa League progression resting on a game played just a few days before.
Having only managed a draw at home to Astra Giurgiu, the Hammers have to ensure they win away from home on Thursday, before travelling to the Emirates looking to get their league campaign off to a good start.
Should they progress to the group stages of Europe’s secondary competition, there will be a number of games to play which could cause their league form to suffer, and although a number of players have already been signed, Noble wants to see more transfers brought in.
10 players have arrived at the club, but the senior squad is still fairly small and lacking in quality depth, and should they need to fight on two fronts, it is hard to imagine many of the back-up players able to compete at the top level.
With just under a month of the transfer window left, Slaven Bilic has plenty of time to properly assess his playing squad in case he wants to bring more players in, and qualification for the group stages of the Europa League could play a key role in whether the coach looks to sign more players.