The former Hammers forward, who has been involved with the West Ham’s academy since December 2018 (Source: West Ham’s official website), remarked on the direction of the club’s academy after a fan complimented him for his work.
“Yes a lot is going on behind the scenes to put our academy back on the map,” wrote Cole via his verified Instagram account.
When you consider that the West Ham academy used to be famous for producing top-quality young talent, then it says a lot that the club are aiming to get their glowing reputation back for churning out youngsters.
Players such as Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Mark Noble, Glen Johnson all passed through the Hammers’ academy and that is only scratching the surface. (Source: Transfermarkt)
So if the Hammers are putting in the work in order to aim to have their academy back on the map, surely that means the club will soon have youngsters bursting out their academy which are good enough for the club’s first-team.
Also when you consider that the Hammers currently have a manager in place like Manuel Pellegrini, who hasn’t steered away from using youth, shown by his use of Ben Johnson, Grady Diangana and Declan Rice, then it will only help the Hammers achieve their goal for the club’s academy as it will help them attract the most talented youngsters.
Every club loves a home-grown talent, including West Ham fans shown by their love for current first-team star Rice, and the news that the academy is an area the Hammers are working on improving, surely is something many West Ham fans love.