West Ham United hero Jack Collison has made his opinion clear on emerging star Dan Chesters after the club’s youngsters beat rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
West Ham take on fierce rivals Tottenham at the London Stadium on Sunday.
And the club’s development side whetted the appetite by winning a seven-goal thriller 4-3 against Spurs on Monday night.
One of the stars for West Ham was emerging midfield talent Dan Chesters.
West Ham have high hopes for the homegrown Hammer.
Former West Ham hero Collison knows a lot about the young players coming through at the club from his time as a youth coach before moving to America to manage Atlanta’s second team.
So his opinion carries weight.
Hammers hero Collison believes West Ham have new star on their hands after Spurs thriller
And Collison delivered an emphatic verdict on Chesters in response to a match report from the 4-3 thriller against Spurs.
“Chesters is some Player #COYI,” Collison said on Twitter in response to The Athletic’s West Ham reporter Roshane Thomas picking the midfielder as the standout player of the first half.
West Ham found themselves 2-1 down in the game when Chesters pulled Dmitri Halajko’s side level.
Chesters was released down the right hand side and had a clear path to goal in the right channel.
The midfield ace drove into the box and drilled the ball home with the help of a slight deflection off a Spurs defender.
West Ham describe the 19-year-old as a ‘livewire attacking midfielder capable of opening up the tightest of defences’.
Chesters signed a two-year scholarship in summer 2018. But even before then, he had impressed West Ham sufficiently to make his debut at U23 level in a Premier League 2 fixture with Liverpool in February 2018.
After impressing in both age groups during their title tilts, Chesters signed professional terms with the Hammers last year.
He has also showed great versatility for West Ham’s development side, operating in a variety of roles across midfield and – at times – as an auxiliary full-back.
That will be music to the ears of West Ham boss David Moyes.
The Scot has made it clear he wants to build the club around young, hungry players with pace and athleticism.
Chesters ticks all those boxes and versatility is vital in the modern game.