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Exclusive: McAvennie says Europa League wouldn’t affect West Ham

Frank McAvennie has exclusively told Football FanCast that he doesn’t think playing in Europe next season would derail West Ham’s Premier League form.

David Moyes’ side are currently fourth in the table, despite defeat against Newcastle United at St James’ Park on Saturday.

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The Hammers haven’t finished in the European places since their final campaign at Upton Park, but have every chance of ending their five-year wait with a strong end to the season.

Finishing in the top-six will currently be good enough for a place in the Europe Conference League as it stands, but that could change depending on who wins both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

If West Ham don’t come higher than sixth, they could face a July-start, with the potential of Europa League qualifiers – as they did in consecutive seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17 when they failed to reach the group stages both times.

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But McAvennie believes that a couple of additions would see West Ham cope with the potential of a Thursday-Sunday-Thursday schedule.

He told Football FanCast:

“It’s only managers that moan about games, you never seen players moan about it. Players want to play football. Players just want to go out and play, whether it’s a Thursday night, Sunday or Saturday.

“You have got to have an in-depth squad to deal with it. They need a midfield player. No disrespect to Mark Noble, but he doesn’t have the legs to compete with the Premier League anymore. You need somebody in there who’s going to freshen it up.”

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