Jack Wilshere has warned West Ham United that replicating last season’s fantastic form will not be easy with the added complication of Europa League football.
The former Hammer claimed that David Moyes’ team will find it “difficult” to maintain their top-six status as well as compete in European competition.
Following their record-breaking 65 Premier League points last season West Ham face six Europa League matches between September 16 and December 9.
If the Hammers also progress in the League Cup, that period will see the club take part in 19 matches in 84 days, roughly one game every four days.
Adding in the international windows of September and October, some of Moyes ‘ squad could be involved in as many as 30 matches in a 100-day period between September and early December.
It is this fixture congestion that has Wilshere worried for West Ham’s top-six chances this season.
“I think it will be difficult for them [to break into the top-six again] because they are in Europe,” Wilshere told talkSPORT.
“A lot of players aren’t used to that, travelling away, getting back late on Friday morning, it is hard.”
Wilshere has experience of competing at home and abroad from his spell at Arsenal but the Gunners had more strength in depth than West Ham currently do.
The lack of options Moyes has in his squad, particularly in attack, is an issue that continues to worry many Hammers supporters. With just 22 days remaining of the transfer window time is of the essence for the club to bring in some much needed experience and back-up to the current first XI.
football.london understand that a striker is still the priority for Moyes but adding a centre-back is also on the cards with a deal for Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic reported to be close to completion.
Source by Football London