By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

18th Sep, 2023 | 6:10pm

West Ham United ‘priority’ verdict shared as ‘hell of a statement’ claim made

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…

Frank McAvennie believes it would be a “hell of a statement” if West Ham won the likes of the Europa League or League Cup this season.

The verdict comes amid a very busy period for the Hammers, who will be involved in five matches within just two weeks.

One of those matches has already been played, with David Moyes’s side losing 3-1 to Manchester City on Saturday (16 September).

The league represents one of three competitions that they will play in across the coming weeks, with Europa League and League Cup fixtures to be played before September is over.

The East London club host Backa Topola in the former competition on Thursday (21 September), and visit Lincoln City in the latter competition next Wednesday (27 September).

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In between that is a Premier League clash with Liverpool, while another league meeting with Sheffield United brings the month to an end.

Speaking to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “Premier League is always the priority, but Moyes has got to go for one of the cups. You have more chance of winning the Europa League or the League Cup than winning the league.

“They just won a trophy last season, and you see what happened. The whole of East London erupted into a party, and it gave them so much happiness, to so many people who haven’t got a lot in their lives. For me, that’s what football is all about.

“I think going to win the League Cup or Europa League would be a hell of a statement. You win the Europa League and you’re in the Champions League, that’s more realistic than finishing third or fourth.”

In other West Ham news, a BBC journalist was blown away by a “simply awesome” Hammers ace in the loss against Manchester City.