ExWHUEmployee has reported that Bernardo Rosa and Jeremy Ngakia have been included in West Ham United’s squad to face Sheffield United.
The first of those names, a 19-year-old Brazilian, can be seen as a player who should be of particular interest, especially now that he is taking a step into the first-team setup.
One thing that will definitely be seen as one of his strengths is versatility. He is predominantly known as a central midfielder, but has played as a full-back seven times this season, while also featuring on the right-wing.
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Rosa has made a number of notable contributions for the U23s this campaign, including four assists in 12 Premier League 2 Division 2 matches – all of which came from the full-back position, getting one in three consecutive games.
The teenager also shown that he can get in and amongst the goals himself when playing in midfield during an EFL Trophy game against Cheltenham Town. Having picked the ball up well outside the box, he took a couple of touches and sent a well-hit strike into the bottom corner, out of the despairing goalkeeper’s reach.
Rosa has suggested that the changing of positions he has undergone within the academy have helped his game, as quoted by West Ham’s official website: “There were a lot of injuries at the back at the start of the season. Dmitri [Halajko] and Steve [Potts] suggested I try one game at right-back.
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“I’d never played there before this season – just in midfield, and also winger sometimes – but I did well, and it’s just kept going from there!”
“At the beginning, changing position felt a bit weird! Now, though, it just feels natural to me. I’m glad that I can help the team, whatever position I’m playing in.”
The young Hammers have been swashbuckling in the league this season, having won 12 of their 14 games, drawing the other two.
That tally includes a 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Monday, in which Rosa was deemed the one to watch by The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas.
When asked by FFC what made the teenager stand out, Thomas replied: “He had a few chances at goal and against Man United, he was very good going forward, which has been a regular theme so far.
“He’s also started a lot of games so it shows how much faith Dmitri Halajko has in him. He’s a versatile player and can play in a number of positions. Pretty sure he played left-back against Man United but in other games he has played as a holding midfielder and an attacking right-back.
“He’s definitely one to watch. So far this season he’s amassed four assists and scored one goal in 17 appearances. Could do with a loan spell so he can gain first-team experience.”
The indication is that fans may get a chance to see more of him in the short-term than they may have expected, due to his inclusion in the matchday squad to face the Blades.