West Ham fans hammer co-owner over youngster stats

West Ham have always prided themselves on their fine history and tradition for bringing through young players and giving them a chance in the first team.

The self-proclaimed ‘Academy of Football’ has seen the likes of Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand emerge onto the big stage to name just a few.

However, stats released ahead of the final day of the season show that they may have turned their back on that particular element of their heritage this time around.

The stats show that Hammers boss Slaven Bilic has not given one teenager a minute of top-flight football so far this season.

The numbers were put to controversial co-owner David Gold on Twitter and the club chief was quick to reply with a rather firm, and patronising, answer…

As you might imagine, his words did not go down to well with Premier League fans, who soon looked to prove Gold wrong…