Sam Inkersole has claimed that West Ham United youngster Anthony Scully is not pushing for a first-team spot just yet.
The Football.London journalist has revealed that although the young Irish forward has started the season superbly for the young Hammers, he is not yet being considered by Manuel Pellegrini.
Inkersole shared that with Michail Antonio returning and Albian Ajeti in the squad as back-up to club-record signing Sebastien Haller, the Hammers are taking it slowly with the 20-year-old.
“Scully has done fantastically well for the U23s but he’s not going to be pushing for a spot yet, especially with Michail Antonio coming back and Albian Ajeti starting to get more game time,” he wrote on a Q&A on Wednesday (13/11 13:29 pm)
The Hammers’ starlet has been in great form this season, and was awarded the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for September.
Should West Ham’s terrible run continue in the Premier League, it would be no surprise to see a number of the club’s starlets be named in the senior squad. Pellegrini is running out of options to try and turn the poor run of form around this season, and with how well the youngsters are doing in their league, it might only be a matter of time before they’re given an opportunity. The under-23s are top of their league, and are dismantling each side they come across with relative ease – Scully being one of the main reasons behind that. The 20-year-old has scored 10 goals and assisted a further four in his nine appearances, and continues to excel in a more-central role compared to last season. Haller is becoming more isolated as the weeks go by, and it would be hard to not select a young player who can’t stop finding the back of the net. Although he may not be being considered at this moment in time, another successful month would surely force Pellegrini’s hand.