Hammers Can Build on European Exit


West Ham United‘s Europa League exit at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen may sting, but a closer look reveals valuable takeaways for the Irons. Let us see how the Hammers can learn from Leverkusen’s success and build a team capable of challenging for trophies.

While the defeat is undoubtedly disappointing, West Ham can find solace in the achievements of their conquerors. Currently unbeaten and on course for a historic treble, Leverkusen embodies the kind of success the Hammers themselves strive for.

A key figure behind Leverkusen‘s rise is West Ham’s own technical director, Tim Steidten. His astute recruitment strategy, including the bold appointment of Xabi Alonso as manager, has been instrumental in their dominance.

The news of Steidten’s recent long-term commitment to West Ham is a positive development. However, the Hammers face a significant rebuild, with several players out of contract and others likely to be sold.

Intriguingly, Xabi Alonso suggests West Ham prioritise midfielder Edson Alvarez over their attacking trio of Paqueta, Bowen, and Kudus. Alvarez’s performance in the second leg clearly impressed the Leverkusen boss.

Statistics reveal West Ham’s struggles without Alvarez, highlighting his importance to the team. Their lack of wins and high number of conceded goals in his absence speak volumes.

Perhaps Steidten’s rebuild should focus on retaining Alvarez, nurturing young talent like Kudus and Bowen, and addressing long-neglected positions like striker and full-back. Replacing Paqueta’s creative influence, if he departs, is also crucial.

West Ham should be wary of potential interest in Alvarez. With Alonso linked to managerial roles at top clubs, he could try to lure Alvarez away in the future.

West Ham’s European exit offers valuable lessons. By learning from Leverkusen’s success, focusing on key players like Alvarez, and addressing weaknesses in the squad, the Hammers can take a significant step towards achieving their own ambitions. With Steidten’s vision at the helm, the future may be brighter than the recent disappointment suggests

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