Bernardo Rosa put in an impressive performance for West Ham United U23s, against Stoke City, despite the team failing to take all three points.
It was a dominant display from the young Hammers, but a lack of prolificacy in front of goal and two individual errors saw the game finish as a 2-2 draw.
There are clear areas of development for some players within the team, but there were certainly impressive individual displays.
One of the most impressive among Dmitri Halajko’s ranks was 19-year-old Bernardo Rosa, who featured on the first-team bench for the 1-0 loss against Sheffield United.
The Brazilian was deployed alongside Alfie Lewis at the base of Dmitri Halajko’s midfield in this game – he can also play as a full back and on the wing – but was the far more progressive player of the two.
There were periods where he sat back alongside his partner, but he also bombed up the pitch with greater regularity.
Rosa’s most obvious trait was his engine, as he pressed intensely and seemed full of energy throughout most of the game. This made it difficult for the opposition, with Stoke’s defenders looking especially uncomfortable at times when he put them under pressure. He did slow down a bit towards the end but that was understandable.
His passing was also impressive. The midfielder recycled the ball well at times, but he was also capable of producing defence-splitting passes. There were moments where he played well-weighted through balls between the full-back and centre-back, allowing the attackers to run onto them.
This paid dividends for the opener, as it was the number 4 who played the ball behind Stoke’s defence that eventually saw Xande Silva get the ball into the back of the net.
If there is one thing that could be improved on – like many in the team – he could have been a bit more clinical with his own finishing. Rosa did have one good chance but hit it in a comfortable position for the goalkeeper. This is also highlighted by the fact that he has one goal from 18 appearances this season.
Despite this, he was one of the Hammers’ standout performers on the day and this is not the first time he has caught the eye, after being named the one to watch by The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas following his performance against Manchester United U23s.
With all of this in mind, it would not be surprising if he is at the front of the queue to get further chances in David Moyes’ squad.