We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…
West Ham moved up to fourth in the Premier League table at the weekend and Frank McAvennie is getting excited by the idea of a possible European tour next season.
It is crazy to think that a year ago, David Moyes had not long been appointed in charge of the Irons to help keep the London club in the Premier League.
Now, West Ham have 45 points from 25 matches, sit above Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal in the table and are just four points away from second.
Moyes has done an incredible job at the London Stadium but the aim of qualifying for Europe has not yet been achieved.
While ex-West Ham striker McAvennie is eager to join supporters on European away days next season, he admits that it has taken a long time for the club to get to this point.
“This is what the fans want. They’re not going to win the league but they’re in there fighting for Europe and fans are delighted with that,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.
“That’s what they were promised 10 years ago. It’s taken 10 years and they’re not there yet because there’s still a long way to go but I just don’t see why they can’t be fighting for Europe.
“It’s brilliant and next year, if the boys are going to Europe, I’ll be going with them. It’d be a good laugh, I’d love to go and be with the fans for European ties.
“I did it with Celtic and to do it with West Ham would be great.
“I just love that they’re challenging now and not fighting off relegation.”
If Sky Sports’ prediction is anything to go by, West Ham may well be in the Europa League next term.
Last week, Sky Sports projected the final 2020/21 Premier League table based on clubs’ current ratios for goals scored, conceded and points per game.
It was done before the Irons beat Tottenham 2-0 at the weekend but still, the East London club was predicted to finish an outstanding fifth place – above Liverpool.
However, West Ham do have a tough run of final fixtures when the points-per-game of their remaining opponents are calculated.
Moyes’ men still have matches against Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea to play so they could be the sticking point for the Hammers.
Let’s see how they get on but there’s no doubt that this team and this manager deserve to be playing European football at the London Stadium next season.
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