West Ham United weren’t invited to become one of the founding members of a European Super League – but they might now become beneficiaries of the whole short-lived concept.
On Sunday night football as we know and love it was on the verge of ruin as Florentino Perez set about showcasing a new league. By Monday night it was definitely happening and by Tuesday every English club had pulled out.
The episode might have tarnished the clubs who considered ditching the Premier League. For West Ham, it might have just bolstered their Champions League hopes considerably.
Leeds United took to Twitter after their game with Liverpool on Monday night to stick the boot into the ESL wannabees. They claimed the Whites had secured a point against Merseyside Reds – in a nod to the notion that a European Super League would destroy the heart and soul of football.
Other clubs have used social media to take a swipe at the six who have muddied the waters of football. West Ham’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan even released a statement venting their frustrations at the escapade.
Despite the fact it now looks to be nothing more than an idea, West Ham could take some satisfaction from it all.
The Hammers are in direct competition with Chelsea and Liverpool for a place in next season’s Champions League.
After the events of this week, those two clubs have a target firmly on their back Teams will be desperate to beat them and give them, ‘super league, you’re having a laugh’ sort of sentiments.
West Ham have a massive game with Chelsea but after that, they face Burnley, Everton, Brighton, West Brom and Southampton in extremely winnable games.
With every club gunning for Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham, West Ham might just grab a Champions League place for the very first time.