Teddy Sheringham Exclusive: Hammers Can Win Europa League
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Teddy Sheringham Exclusive: Hammers Can Win Europa League

Teddy Sheringham feels his former side West Ham United can win the Europa League, but that they should have bought a striker in January to boost their chances. The Hammers qualified from Group H with 13 points and only conceded three goals – the joint-best record in the competition so far. They have also enjoyed a strong campaign domestically, sitting fourth in the Premier League with 25 games played, although some of the chasing pack have games in hand. Sheringham has been impressed by the Irons and thinks they have shown enough to suggest they could secure European silverware – particularly under the leadership of manager David Moyes and captain Mark Noble.


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Hammers Can Win Europa League

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “I [think West Ham could go all the way in the Europa League], yeah. I’d love to see West Ham have a massive cup run like that, it would be unbelievable. 

“You’ve got to look at where clubs are at the moment. When Manchester United have been in the Europa League it’s like, ‘Yeah, they’ll win that. Well done. They’re not in the Champions League.’ 

“If West Ham go on to win the Europa League, wow, what an achievement that would be. That would be so exciting for everyone at the football club to get a trophy like that. Amazing.

“[I’ve been] so impressed. Only last season everybody kept saying, ‘They’re not going to last, they’ll drop soon, they’ll finish 10th, 12th, as West Ham do.’  

“I think they’ve been absolutely outstanding. This is what I’m talking about when a manager’s in charge and he’s got the team focused. 

“He’s got the right leaders around the football club and on the pitch, in Mark Noble and Declan Rice. 

“He’s got West Ham people in his staff; guys with the right attitude like Kevin Nolan and Stuart Pearce. I think it all looks great for West Ham at the moment. 

“Players like [Manuel] Lanzini talking about their leader, Mark Noble, and how much he means to the football club, that’s the sort of thing that you want to hear. 

“Noble hasn’t played many minutes this season, but I heard Lanzini talking two or three weeks ago about what he means to the football club, how he leads by example, how he tells the players what to do and what it means to the supporters. 

“It’s filtering through the club. From Moyes to his staff, to his captain, to his captain on the pitch, it’s great news – and they’re all performing at the top level, and that’s how you get that sort of vibe.”

Should Have Bought A Striker

However, Sheringham was critical of the club’s decision not to recruit a striker in the January transfer window, to provide cover and competition for 31-year-old Michail Antonio.

“I was very surprised [that West Ham didn’t recruit a centre-forward],” he revealed. 

“Not bringing in a top striker [is understandable], because it’s a tough time of year to bring one in, but I think they were looking at one for about £40 million weren’t they?

“So not bringing in, let’s say a £10 million player, that was crazy to not even bring a £10 million forward in. 

“A £10 million player might have been the right result for West Ham. By signing someone that didn’t expect to be in front of Antonio, [Jarrod] Bowen, but someone who would get in there when he was needed.  

“It could have been vital for them to sign a player that has scored his goals at Championship level; a player on the way up that’s full of confidence and chomping at the bit, saying, ‘Give me a chance, because I like this team, I could score goals in this team.’ 

“You can see him sitting on the bench going, ‘Moyesy, look, I’m ready. Antonio’s looking a little bit tired, go on, put me on please.’ 

“It’s a long season when it starts getting to February, March, and you’re still in competitions. You’ve got game after game, you’re looking for people to give you that little bit of a spark. 

“It would have been ideal to get that backup player, that £10 million player. So you need that other one just chomping at the bit, to say, ‘I’m here as well if I’m needed.’”

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