By Beck Pascal

6th May, 2022 | 8:10pm

Stan Collymore shares potential mass exodus at West Ham in summer

Stan Collymore expects a mass exodus at West Ham should they fail to reach either of the two major European tournaments next season. 

The Hammers’ Champions League dream is over having lost in the Europa League semi-final 3-1 over the two legs with it also being mathematically impossible to qualify via the Premier League’s top four. 

David Moyes’ side will have to hold down their place in seventh place as Wolves breathe down their neck to avoid several key players leaving in the summer according to Collymore.

He told Caught Offside: “Should the club fail to qualify for either of Europe’s two biggest competitions next season, I wonder what this could mean for their best players. Could the Hammers lose significant first-team players this summer?

“Well, Declan Rice is the obvious one. Manchester United and Chelsea and I think even the Spanish giants have been talked about in the press, so the clear answer is yes.

“I feel for West Ham, but I do think they will now have four or five players who will say ‘we’ve just played Eintracht Frankfurt in a Europa League semi-final across two legs, both with incredible atmospheres and I want more of that’.

“So I wouldn’t be surprised if some of their better players weren’t picked off this summer. However, West Ham’s ownership will probably want to ensure that the manager doesn’t lose the bulk of the squad. 

“They could even extend David Moyes’ contract to promote stability but let Rice go for £100m, maybe more, and then reinvest it to keep the club moving forward – that’s what I would do because to go to the next level, what West Ham really need is a deeper squad.”

Bright future.

This seems a little over the top from Collymore. These players have come together and fought so hard all season long to achieve something brilliant.

Admittedly, they didn’t go all the way and lift the trophy which will be hugely disappointing for everyone involved but for several players to just leave after that is very unlikely. 

There is a case for Declan Rice leaving given his uncertain future at the club but those who are tied down at the London Stadium will want to improve their effort next season.

The Irons came so close to greatness this campaign despite all the odds being heavily stacked against them. 

If the West Ham chiefs back Moyes in the summer transfer window and this squad is improved, there is no reason why they couldn’t take that extra step next season and lift a trophy.

Moyes had done an excellent job and you would struggle to find a club with a better mood than the Hammers have right now which makes it unlikely for players to jump ship – the future is bright in east London. 

In other West Ham news, Phil Neville has flown to the defence of one West Ham man after his “totally wrong” treatment.

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