West Ham defender Mason Barrett has joined Premier League rivals Watford.
The 19-year-old has joined the Hornets on a two-year deal with an option to extend his stay for an extra 12 months, as confirmed by the club themselves.
The 6’3″ centre-back [Transfermarkt] failed to make a senior appearance for the Hammers, but did featured 25 times for their youth sides in all competitions last season.
This is the kind of move that probably won’t cause fans to lose too much sleep. Barrett didn’t make an appearance for the Hammers’ senior side during his time at the club, and there is clearly a reason that he has been allowed to leave. That being said, he was a mainstay for the Irons’ youth sides last year, and the fact that he has gone to a Premier League rival like Watford shows that he has some kind of spark. Sometimes a player just needs a change of scene to ignite their career, and while it is a shame that a youngster like Barrett, who has come all the way through the academy system at West Ham, has to look elsewhere to get his shot, it is a unfortunate reality of the ruthless nature of the professional game at the top level. Here’s hoping that letting their young talent go doesn’t come back to haunt the Irons.