Wilshere tips West Ham to challenge for European football

Jack Wilshere has admitted that he believes West Ham can mount a challenge to qualify for Europe this season.

Wilshere is one of seven new recruits to arrive at West Ham this summer, who have been one of the most active teams in the transfer market to date.

They have broken their club transfer record twice to bring in Issa Diop from Toulouse and Felipe Anderson from Lazio, as the board have given their financial backing to new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini, of course, has already tasted success in the Premier League, winning the title with Manchester City in 2014, before being replaced by Pep Guardiola in 2016.

He has returned from his spell managing in the Chinese Super League this summer to manage West Ham, and while it was a difficult relegation-threatened season last time around, new signing Jack Wilshere is hopeful that the new boss can lead the team into Europe:

“I don’t think we need that pressure but I don’t want to put limits on it either.” Wilshere said.

“If we have a good start, beat Liverpool and get a point against Arsenal all of a sudden we are getting good results against the big teams and can take it from there.

“Do we want to be playing in Europe? Of course we do. The manager has managed in Europe throughout his whole career and the players he has brought in have as well.

“I know West Ham fans want to see good attractive football going forward and aggression off the ball, pressing high and that’s what we need to be as a team.”

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