By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

4th Sep, 2022 | 11:10am

Pundit demands West Ham United earn maximum points from Europa Conference League group

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 should win all six of their Europa Conference League games this season after being given a favourable draw in the competition.

The Hammers were drawn against FCSB (Romania), Silkeborg (Denmark) and Anderlecht (Belgium) for this season and fans have been treated to some decent away trips with the fixtures.

But McAvennie believes the players must do a professional job and ensure they win their battles because all the expectations are that they win every game, as they’re far better than all of the opposition.

“Of course [they should win 6/6],” he told West Ham Zone.

“Anderlecht are a good side but going to Transylvania or wherever it is, they should win. I know the fans will love it. They love a trip and they’ve not had it, so they’ll be there in their numbers and they’ll look forward to it. They’ll enjoy the games.

“It will be interesting. Anderlecht aren’t as good as they used to be. They were always winning the league rather than third or fourth.

“They should win comfortably, but as I say nothing in football surprises me anymore. These teams will have studied West Ham and they won’t let it be a walkover.

“If we go and do a professional job and be professional, you’ll beat them. In the first 20 minutes they’ve got to win their own personal battle against whoever they’re playing against and there’s no way that any of the boys playing for any of the teams will be better than whoever they’re playing against for West Ham.

“So win that battle first, then the experience and skill factor will show through. It shouldn’t be a problem, but you’ve got to win that personal battle first. That’s a major thing.”

The fixtures are likely to see some fringe players given an opportunity to play in the first-team, including Harrison Ashby after his deadline day move to Newcastle collapsed.