Sam Inkersole has named four West Ham United U18s players who have stood out, as part of an article for football.london.
There may not be any football on at the moment, but the young Hammers will have plenty of time to make their mark for West Ham.
Part of being in a club’s academy is all about standing out, and Inkersole has named some of those who have caught his eye this term.
Having profiled the squad, the journalist ended his article by writing: “Much like the under-23s, the Hammers look in decent shape at the younger age groups. Odubeko is particularly standing out as a special talent, as are Diallo, Caiger and Ashby, who will be hoping for more regular under-23 game time if and when the season resumes.”
Ademipo Odubeko has been shining for the U18s and also took his first chance to make his mark for the U23s. The striker scored nine goals across the seven U18 Premier League and FA Youth Cup games recorded on Transfermarkt, before scoring one more on his U23s debut against Norwich.
Amadou Diallo has had longer in Dmitri Halajko’s setup, as the winger has made 10 Premier League 2 appearances this campaign, scoring three and assisting another two. The 17-year-old has shown himself to be a real bright spark at that level, and already carries himself with confidence on the pitch.
Sam Caiger, who is also 17 years of age, has already faced senior opposition, having featured in all three of the U23s’ EFL Trophy games this season, on top of his three Premier League 2 appearances. He even scored two goals in his eight U18 Premier League matches.
18-year-old Scotland youth international Harrison Ashby has also made his own impact, playing five games across PL2 and the EFL Trophy, while he also has two goals in the U18s Premier League.
These four are all certainly exciting prospects, so it will be interesting to see whether they will be able to eventually make the step up to the first-team.