According to Claret & Hugh, West Ham United youngster Joseph Anang may have a good chance of being named in the first-team squad for the first time for the trip to Chelsea at the weekend.
The goalkeeper has been an ever-present for the development squad so far this season, but was missing for the U23s clash against Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night.
Claret & Hugh suggest that the 19-year-old has been training with the first team, and his omission in midweek only adds fuel to the fire that he could be involved at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – in what would be his first inclusion in a Premier League matchday 18.
Manuel Pellegrini has two more senior options to choose from in Roberto and David Martin, but the former has been nothing short of a disaster since coming in to replace the injured Lukasz Fabianski, and has been ripped into by the club’s supporters.
Martin may well get the nod against Frank Lampard’s men, but it would certainly be a big leap of faith for the Chilean manager to select Anang over his 33-year-old teammate on the substitutes’ bench.
Claret & Hugh suggest that may well be the case though, and it would certainly be a big confidence-booster for the youngster in what would be a much-needed change as the Irons look to put an end to a miserable run of Premier League form.
In other West Ham news, Sam Inkersole has suggested another 33-year-old is in line to start vs Chelsea…