By Adefunmiloye Alani

15th Oct, 2021 | 1:30pm

Jack Wilshere believes top-four finish will be difficult for West Ham

West Ham finished last season in sixth-place and will look to go one better this season, but Jack Wilshere reckons it will be very tough.

David Moyes’ men are playing in the Europa League, are in League Cup and will be adding FA Cup engagements to their fixtures in the New Year.

West Ham could be featuring in as many as four competitions during the second half of the season, and Wilshere believes that could harm their chances of playing Champions League football next term.

The former Hammers midfielder told talkSPORT: “‘Mr West Ham’ Mark Noble is leaving, this is his last year – Dec is the next sort of ‘Mr West Ham’, isn’t he?

“West Ham fans will be desperate to keep hold of him. I’ve got friends who are West Ham fans and they worship him, they can’t think about him leaving.

“They’re doing everything they can to keep him because they’re in Europe now. They probably need to make that next step into the Champions League which will be difficult, especially when they’ve got so many games with the Europa League this year.

“But apart from that I don’t see him – I mean, he’ll wanna go on and challenge for the Premier League.”

Tough

The Hammers have a decent squad after making key additions in the summer, but winning the Europa League or finishing in the top-four will indeed be tricky.

Having failed to sign a proper cover for Michail Antonio, they will have to rely solely on the Jamaican international striker for the majority of their goals, and that is not likely to end well.

The Irons need to further bolster their squad depth in January, and doing that and getting the right quality players could give them a chance.

Adding Jesse Lingard to their team during the last winter transfer window proved beneficial in the end, and the Irons must make a similar impactful signing.

The future of Rice largely depends on where they finish this term, and missing out on the Champions League or Europe altogether will all but spell the exit of the England international midfielder.

In other West Ham news, Lingard has named Hammers player who was on his case in training.

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