Frank McAvennie urges West Ham to make summer signings ahead of European charge
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Frank McAvennie is adamant that West Ham must sign a number of reinforcements this summer to ensure the club do not stand still next season.
The Irons enjoyed a spectacular 2020/21 campaign, surging to sixth in the Premier League and clinching a spot in the Europa League.
However, they were in the top four and eyeing an unlikely Champions League berth before they fell away towards the end, winning just three of their last seven fixtures as injuries took their toll.
Speaking to West Ham Zone, ex-Irons striker McAvennie highlighted the dangers of not supplementing the squad.
“This is what happens when you step up,” he said. “They’ve got a great squad but it’s weak in terms of the size of it. We haven’t got like for like to come into the team.
“There are a couple of youngsters coming in, and they very well might be better than what’s in the team, but at the moment they’re not like for like, so the team gets weakened.
“You saw it when Declan Rice got injured, there was no like for like replacement. They had to change the whole set-up. They lost some points that could have got us into the Champions League.
“So yeah, it’s a strange one, but for me, with the owners, surely they’ve got to enjoy challenging for Europe rather than fighting relegation.”
We certainly do not need a drastic overhaul of the squad, but Moyes will know that the club needs to invest to ensure we maintain our progression and not stand still or, even worse, fall behind.
There are certain areas where there are a dearth of options – a central midfielder and at least one striker are absolute priorities for us this summer.
Then there’s the question of attempting to re-sign Jesse Lingard or finding someone who can replace the goals he scored in the second half of last season.
The defence will also need bolstering, particularly with Fabian Balbuena set to depart upon the expiry of his contract at the end of June.
We’re about to see just how serious GSB are about West Ham.