West Ham youngsters ready for first-team football

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Ravel MorrisonListed in this article will be who I consider to be the most exciting youth prospects who I hope will get some minutes this season.

At number one, and having written an article about how exciting he is, is Ravel Morrison. Every West Ham fan wants to see this lad get and take his chances which will most likely be few and far between. He has that special something which will give the team an extra dimension if needed.

The second player is Sebastian Lletget. The American has somewhat exploded onto the scene during pre-season and is an exciting playmaking centre midfielder. With competition so high for this position he may struggle to get game time, but at the least a few cup appearances should we get a couple of favourable draws. I would also suggest he would have been a good candidate to go out on loan to a Championship side to get some serious game time.

The third young player who excites me for the forthcoming season is Danny Potts. The left back has had a few appearances for the senior side but has never nailed down that left back spot. With new signing Razvan Rat and the return of George McCartney he will most likely be third choice in his position but could use the oppourtunity of learning from two experience players and be the future first pick for the left back position.

I feel these three players will struggle to get game time but I would hope that if they impress they could stake their claim for a Premier League start. Ravel has the highest chance of game time and both Lletget and Potts could benefit with a season in the Championship to prove their worth.

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  • wjo1974 says:

    I would say Potts is 2nd choice with George being 3rd now. Ageing and picking up injuries goes against him and Potts has done very well when called upon. Blair Turgott and Elliot Lee?
    I think we have a few good players coming through at the minute.

    • Gary says:

      Agreed. Still gutted we let Hall go as I rate him higher than all mentioned except Ravel. I’m not entirely sure about giving too many young players a chance in the cups this season because I’d love to see them taken seriously and for us to go on something of a cup run. The best thing for the likes of Lee, Turgott and Lletget would be to go out on loan, preferably to a Championship side. As for Potts and Ravel, I think they’re both gonna play their part this season, mostly from the bench but it’s still first team football at the highest level. Personally I’d like to see Ravel playing on the right and Joey Cole playing in the centre (Nolan’s place) but we all know that won’t happen.

  • matthew lacey says:

    i think mccallum may also have a chance early on considering his size up front also perhaps pelly if we get a few injuries on the back line

  • The Cat says:

    Agree with much, I think Ravel has shown his hunger and last year’s management of him has done wonders as he has dropped the big charlie attitude and is more humble as well as disciplined for it. His skill has never been in doubt but if he can maintain his focus, by the end of the season he could be a first eleven regular. Seb Lletget has always had the talent but has finally made the breakthough and will have is opportunity to shine with the first team.

    We DIDN’T let Hall go……….as much as I didn’t want him to go, he walked & that was his choice at the end of the day. You can’t have youngsters dictating when they will play or when, if you have that situation as a manager… have lost control and the right to manage, hence the reason we have Ravel at West Ham and rightly so!…………..The tail can’t wag the dog!

    Lee will probably get cup runs but I don’t put it beyond him to force his way onto the bench regularly. Pelly is a player who’s opportunities have been accelerated, as he is a talented (converted) defender/midfielder.

    McCallum is a little behind the others but he has surprised me with his ability to learn and seems to be able to make the step up when asked. He also has a good understanding with Lee which could prove invaluable further down the road.

    The future does indeed look bright but what many people need to understand is that Big Sam has worked hard to put systems in place so that the youngsters have continuity a path to the first team and are challenged to get there. Hopefully the Academy will start producing once again.


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