West Ham defender Emerson insists that our Hammers can now push on for a successful season after finishing this one win an incredible trophy win.

The Italian defender has become the first player to not only win all four club competitions, but he’s also become the first to win every major UEFA competition due to his role in Italy’s Euros win.

A player with those accolades understands the importance of the club playing in Europe for another year. “Next season we have Europa League and I’m so happy now,” he told WHUFC.com. “We did this together and now I have this personal record.”

“I hope the fans also enjoy this a lot. The last trophy was a long time ago so I’m very happy, and now is the time to enjoy it.” West Ham’s last major trophy was back in 1980 when Trevor Brooking’s header led then Second Division West Ham to a historic win against Arsenal in the FA cup final.

Our Hammers had a disappointing campaign in the league this season so it was important that they went on to win the Conference League to secure another season of European nights. “It was a tough season for us in the Premier League,” Emerson confessed. “We dropped a lot of points, but in the Europa Conference League we always played well and we weren’t defeated on our way to winning the trophy.”

Emerson had an uninspiring start to life at West Ham, he was far from bad but his performances were nothing to write home about, but after he settled in he looked to be an excellent option on the left. Moyes was reluctant to play him as a full back and only really opted for him in a five-back. Moyes has started to change his ways by playing him in a back four and was rewarded for this, his performance against Fiorentina was absolutely outstanding.

He was, without a doubt, the best player for the Irons and was crucial in the side resisting many of the Violet’s attacks. Gonzalez had been identified as a danger man but Emerson managed to keep him quiet for much of the game. On top of his defensive display, he was one of our best players when going forward. He caused untold issues for defenders and showed great link up play with those around him.

Ahead of the final, it was a big call for Moyes to drop Cresswell who hasn’t stepped a foot wrong recently, but the risk paid off. Unfortunately,

Cresswell isn’t the same player as he once was, and after nearly decade of serving the club, it may be time to start handing the torch over to Emerson in terms of who occupies the left hand side of defence. 

Hopefully, the record breaking left back can take the confidence from that final and use it to flourish next season into a crucial player for his side. In fact, he stated the importance of the whole team building on this confidence. “We need to take this moment and the confidence from it into the next season, into the Premier League, and try to do it in the league and also the Europa League too.”

There were doubts over Emerson when he signed but after that performance, his name won’t be forgotten anytime soon in East London.