West Ham United lost 2-1 at Stoke City this weekend.
Former player Trevor Sinclair has suggested on Twitter that West Ham United’s defeat to Stoke City on the final day of the Premier League campaign could be a blessing in disguise for the East London club.
The Hammers headed in to the match looking to end their season on a high and claim a top-six spot and ensuing Europa League qualification, yet in the end it just was not to be.
Michail Antonio put Slaven Bilic’s side ahead and they had more chances to find the net, yet Stoke responded and goals from Giannelli Imbula and Mame Biram Diouf late on condemned the visitors to defeat.
As a result, West Ham have finished seventh in the table and could miss out on Europa League qualification.
While that would disappoint the coaching staff, players and club’s supporters, former Upton Park ace Trevor Sinclair feels it could be a blessing in disguise as they look to improve next season.
I’ve never seen a more 1 sided game in my life… How West Ham have not scored 5-6 I will never know!!!!!— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) May 15, 2016
European football would undoubtedly be an intriguing prospect at West Ham’s Olympic Stadium next season, yet a failure to qualify could indeed help their league prospects.
The East London club is expected to strengthen the squad further this summer, and without the distractions of Europe they may be fresher when it comes to their domestic fixtures.
Having said that, West Ham could still qualify for the Europa League if Manchester United beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.
West Ham did enough on the day to beat Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, but the disappointment of defeat should be quickly brushed aside as the club have enjoyed an excellent campaign overall.