David Moyes lifts lid on European impact on West Ham United summer signings
David Moyes does not anticipate that West Ham playing in the Europa Conference League next season will have an impact on signings.
The Hammers were on the brink of Champions League football had they won the Europa League but are now looking to requalify through finishing in the Premier League’s top six, after being knocked out in the semi-final by Eintracht Frankfurt.
With the east London outfit potentially missing out as they finish seventh, the boss isn’t concerned it will have a major impact on bringing in their targets in the transfer window.
Moyes told Evening Standard: “I don’t think so, I’m hoping we can at worst finish seventh. We’ve got a lot to do, we need points because we expect Wolves [in eighth] to have a chance in at least one of their games so we need more points for ourselves.
“But I think European football for us would be terrific again if it happens. If we can make the Europa League that would be great, to finish close to where we were last season. But I’ll take any of the European competitions and be thrilled if we got there again.
“We will try and add to the squad if we can but we have a really good team at the moment. If we can get another couple of players we will do that but I don’t think whether it matters whether we’re in Europa League or Conference League, we’ll embrace either.”
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It would be immensely disappointing to go from pushing for the Champions League all season to playing in the Europa Conference League next year.
The Irons have been brilliant all season and more than deserved to win the Europa League having beaten a host of quality teams as they came so close to Seville.
To have fallen short at the final hurdle was agonising – especially given that West Ham were very capable of beating Eintracht Frankfurt had it not been for a stupid Aaron Cresswell sending off in the second leg.
They had come back in the second leg several times during the run and had the opportunity to do it again snatched away from them.
But that is football and these players will learn a lot from that as they look to embark on another European journey next season.
Hopefully, it is in the Europa League. That competition holds much more weight than the newly-formed Conference League and the Hammers are much better than that.
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