By Mike Southey

12th Sep, 2021 | 10:40am

Frank McAvennie delighted by West Ham-Europa League fan update

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 United fans have been granted permission to travel to Europa League games away from home, and Frank McAvennie is delighted.

The European campaign gets underway this week as the Irons travel to Dinamo Zagreb looking to get three points.

McAvennie believes the presence of fans is “huge” and the perfect moment for them after so long away due to COVID.

Speaking exclusively to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said, “It’s huge for the fans, massive.

“They deserve it those fans. Everyone has been through so much and there’s nothing like a European away game.

“They have some good teams to play, some good places to go and it would be awful if it was behind closed doors. This team loves the fans and it gives them an edge. I’m delighted for them.”

What a start.

A trip to Croatia will be a real test first up for the Irons, so having the travelling faithful behind them will certainly help.

It may be the first chance they get to see our three new signings start too with Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral all on the bench against Southampton.

Dinamo Zagreb knocked Spurs out of the Europa League last season with a 3-0 win at the same venue, so it won’t be easy by any stretch.

McAvennie is spot on, this will be a huge moment for every single fan and bringing European football back this season is perfect timing.

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