Noel Whelan has heaped praise on David Moyes for taking the decision to train West Ham at the London Stadium as opposed to Rush Green this month.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the Hammers need every advantage they can get ahead of an intense relegation battle later this month.
The Premier League announced last week that fixtures would recommence from 17 June with Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal.
The Daily Mail claim David Moyes is having his team train at the London Stadium in full kit to get his players used to playing in an empty stadium ahead of the restart.
Whelan suggested almost all sides will follow as preparation go up a gear over the next few weeks.
“It is very smart, a great idea,” he told Football Insider.
“West Ham need to hit the ground running because they are in trouble.
“When you are playing on your own turf you get used to the size of the pitch and the environment.
“I would not be surprised if a few teams do that. It is a good way to get used to playing in the stadium without fans.
“They have only got a short amount of time so it is a very clever idea from Moyes to do that.
“You do not want any team to have any kind of advantage. Normally home fans give you that edge.”
The Irons were reported to have taken part in an inter-squad match at their home ground on Saturday after all 20 Premier League clubs approved the return of contact training.
The results in the Bundesliga, which restarted in mid-May, suggest home advantage is non-existent without fans.