Four West Ham youngsters Bilic should call on to face Chelsea

West Ham’s academy was once so illustrious it was known as simply ‘The Academy’.

Indeed, the Hammers’ youth set-up is synonymous with exciting, technical talents and was responsible for half of England’s failed ‘golden generation’ – which included the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and Joe Cole.

But the Irons’ academy hasn’t been quite so productive in recent years, in no small part due to the club prioritising the preservation of it’s Premier League status.

However, West Ham face Chelsea in the League Cup this evening and the competition is traditionally the preferred platform to blood in young players bursting with potential.

With that in mind, Football FanCast have been running the rule over four young Hammers we think deserve the chance to impress against the Blues this evening.

What do you think, West Ham fans – should Slaven Bilic give these four the nod tonight?