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West Ham could have another Antonio in Divin Mubama

West Ham United could stumble upon their next Michail Antonio in teenage striker Divin Mubama.

The 17-year-old forward has been in prolific form for the Irons’ academy set-up and was singled out for praise following the U18s’ resounding win over Aston Villa U18s over the weekend.

Mubama bagged a brace in the match and assistant coach Gerard Prenderville talked up the youngster to the Hammers’ official website.

“It’s not only great to have Divin back on the pitch, but also in and around training sessions as well,” he said.

“I’ve coached him from a young age and he obviously loves to score goals, but he works really hard on it as well. To get him in and around the box, back firing and fully fit, is a real plus for any side.”

It took his total for the side to three goals in as many games, whilst he has delivered a total of 12 goals from 27 appearances for the U18s. Such form has even earned him a place in the U23s squad at the age of just 16, which is a telling sign that he could go onto be something quite special.

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Prior to the suspension of Academy football due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Mubama had 45 goals for the campaign, and that saw him receive international recognition with England U15s in August, also getting U17 recognition since then.

Indeed, the Irons starlet is thought to be ‘highly-rated’ by those at the London Stadium as they are trying to tie him down to a professional deal in the hope that he could follow the likes of Declan Rice and Ben Johnson into the first team squad.

Also described as “hard-working” both on and off the pitch by Prenderville, Mubama has taken some inspiration from Carlton Cole, who is amongst the academy coaching setup at Chadwell Heath.

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The teenage prodigy began life as a defender before being converted into a striker, which bears some similarities to that of the versatile Antonio, having played almost every outfield position for the Hammers.

Alongside his evident goalscoring ability, that makes him an intriguing candidate to take the reins from the 31-year-old in the future, and supporters around the London Stadium should be rather excited by his potential either way.

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