West Ham’s Cottee: I fancy us on a European tour

PUBLISHED: 13:30 24 August 2016

West Ham legend Tony Cottee

West Ham legend Tony Cottee


Our West Ham Columnist fancies a trip to Ibiza United in the Europa League

West Ham's Michail Antonio in action during the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London.West Ham's Michail Antonio in action during the Premier League match at the London Stadium, London.

I was at the London Stadium on Sunday and though I would be the first to admit that it wasn’t a good game, it was the result that was the most important thing.

Of course we all wanted to witness the first Premier League game there as a great spectacle of superb football and a 5-0 win, but things never really pan out the way you want.

When you think about all the injuries that we have suffered, just getting through the games is the important thing.

It is a huge blow to now lose Andy Carroll and, couple that with Andre Ayew being out long term, I really think we need to bring in a couple of bodies, whether on loan or permanently.

West Ham United and NK Domzale players on the pitch before their Europa League match at the London Stadium (pic: John Walton/PA)West Ham United and NK Domzale players on the pitch before their Europa League match at the London Stadium (pic: John Walton/PA)

It is hard to imagine a time when the injury 
situation was worse for us. I remember one pre-season when I was playing when we had a lot on the treatment table and another time going into Christmas, but this is worse than those.

If they were all happening on the training ground then you could do something about it, but it just seems like bad luck.

It was great to see Michail Antonio showing what he can do on Sunday now he is no longer at right-back.

He is a super footballer and the word I would use for him is unpredictable. You need a player like that who can do things differently and it is always exciting to watch him and he also comes up with some vital goals, as he did on Sunday.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll scores his side's first goal of the gameWest Ham United's Andy Carroll scores his side's first goal of the game

It is Europe again tonight and I say to anyone who thinks it would be a blessing to go out of the competition – what are we in it for in the first place?

We work so hard to make Europe and then people want to go out of it, that just doesn’t make sense.

We do have injuries, but that is what your 23-man squad is for, we have to give them a chance and I want us to get through.

I fancy the group stages and a little European tour like Ibiza United or someone like that!

It will be a very different kettle of fish on Sunday when we go to Manchester City and I fear the worst.

They have looked so good under Pep Guardiola. They put five past Steaua Bucharest, and it could have been 10, and then I watched them thump Stoke City.

I never like to predict a West Ham defeat, but if we go there all guns blazing and go 2-0 down in the first 10 minutes it could be tough.

With the players we have available, I would like to see us park the bus and battle it out for a 0-0 draw.


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