West Ham United are just three signings away from building a squad that can compete in the UEFA Champions League over the next couple of years. 

As the summer transfer window gets underway, the Hammers have stepped up in their attempts to sign some new recruits for the 2022/23 season.

With Aguerd already signed, manager David Moyes is reportedly looking to add at least six new players to his squad before the end of the window.

It was obvious at crucial points last season that the Hammers faded in matches because of fatigue and injuries hitting the squad.

At one point in the season, the Hammers had just one fit, senior central defender in Craig Dawson, which meant that West Ham slightly dropped in form towards the latter stages of the campaign.

Having said that, the club still finished 7th in the league table and reached the semi-final of the Europa League, which makes you wonder what they could’ve achieved had they recruited more in previous transfer windows.

Now, the squad is slowly building again, but departures have reduced the squad depth even more significantly now. The likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Ryan Fredericks and Mark Noble all left the club this summer.

It is clear there are certain positions that need filling in order for this team to make the next step up.

A quality striker, a central midfielder and top-level full-back are the three roles that need to be filled the most, and if West Ham can recruit well there is no stopping them next year.

Breaking into the top six and performing well in Europe are the key priorities but, with elite players in these three positions, the Hammers can challenge the best to qualify for a Champions League space.

West Ham have improved their goal scoring abilities and defensive strength, scoring more goals and conceding less in comparison to two years ago, but with these three additions, Moyes can build a quality side.

Time will tell if the club can recruit properly to prepare the best they can for the 2022/23 season, but supporters know that this team has the potential to challenge alongside Premier League’s elite next year.