West Ham youngster Amadou Diallo has been included on the Guardian’s Next Generation list for 2019.
The list picks one starlet from each Premier League side that the outlet believes can kick on and become a serious talent at senior level.
And Diallo, a 16-year-old forward, was singled out as the Hammers’ best prospect.
Writing for the Guardian, Jacob Steinberg said: “There is plenty of excitement about the England youth forward.
“Those who have worked with him for a while compare him to Raheem Sterling and expect him to rise to the top if he continues to work hard.
“Making his debut in the Under-18 Premier League when he was 14 is a measure of Diallo’s potential and his progress has not gone unnoticed by West Ham’s rivals. However West Ham convinced him to sign a new deal in the summer.”
Diallo is a real prospect, and The Guardian are right to pick him out as one who could become a serious player for the Hammers. This is not the first time that his name has popped up, and Jack Collison, who used to work with the youngster at youth level for the Hammers, as described him as “special”, as per his personal Twitter account. Evidently, anybody who is compared to Raheem Sterling can play a bit, and the fact that he was playing for the U18s at the age of 14 shows just how precocious he is. Obviously, he has a long way to go, but he has committed his future to the Irons, and if he continues at the rate of progress that he is showing that the moment, then there is no reason to believe that he can’t go on to become an important player the club in the relatively near future.