Date: 22nd August 2019 at 3:30pm
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West Ham youngster Amadou Diallo is in huge demand across Europe after emerging as one of the brightest talents in England, according to the Independent.

The newspaper claim on their website that the 16-year-old winger is highly regarded by both club and country after his performances at youth level and that he has risen through the ranks at a rapid pace.

With high expectations for the prodigious attacker, the report states that a vast number of sides across Europe are keeping a close eye on the teenager as they hunt a move for his capture.

Diallo is naturally a left-sided winger and was playing for both the Hammers’ under-18s and under-23s last season, scoring two goals in three Premier League 2 appearances.

Opinion

No one would want to get ahead of themselves when it comes to the future of a 16-year-old footballer but the fact he is playing under-23 football shows how highly-rated Diallo is at the London Stadium. The Hammers do of course have a reputation of developing young talents into first-team stars, with Declan Rice the latest example of their success. The problem the 16-year-old has right now is how much competition lies ahead of him for a place on the left wing, with the likes of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko already battling it out in the first-team. What the Hammers have to do is prove he has a chance of progressing to the senior side sooner rather than later, or face him looking for opportunities elsewhere. We have already seen that happen with Domingos Quina moving to Premier League rivals Watford and the Irons will not want lightning to strike twice.