A recent feature by The Guardian has selected Daniel Jinadu as West Ham’s best young talent.

Jinadu has been chosen as West Ham’s best first-year scholar. That is for players born between 1st September 2001 and 31st August 2002.

The 16-year-old is a promising young goalkeeper, who has already made his under-18 debut.

But the Guardian has run this feature over the past four years. Have they selected any future first-team players?

We take a look at the previous four winners of this accolade and see where they are now.

2014: Sam Howes

Sam Howes now plays at Premier League rivals Watford. (Photo by Avril Husband/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Like Jinadu, Howes was a promising young goalkeeper on West Ham’s books. He was voted Young Hammer of the Year but eventually left without making a first-team appearance.

The 20-year-old was released in 2017 and he subsequently joined Watford.

But the England under-19 international is still awaiting his first-team debut at Vicarage Road. And his only senior experience came in a loan spell with Hampton & Richmond Borough.

2015: Reece Oxford

Reece Oxford captains West Ham’s under-23 side. (Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

Oxford was once considered to be the next big thing at West Ham. He made his debut aged 16 and starred against Arsenal.

But since then, the central defender’s career has failed to take off and he is still stuck in the under-23 side.


Declan Rice has overtaken him in the pecking order and Oxford is yet to play under Manuel Pellegrini.

But the 19-year-old is still young and some hold out hope that he will realise his true potential.

2016: Domingos Quina

Domingos Quina moved to Watford this summer. (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Like Howes, Quina has moved to Watford since being selected as West Ham’s best first-year scholar.

The Portugal youth international is an attacking midfielder with plenty of potential but he failed to impress when given first-team chances.

This summer, the 18-year-old completed a permanent switch to Watford.

Since joining the Hornets, he has had mixed fortunes. Quina scored a quality goal in the EFL Cup before missing a crucial penalty against Tottenham Hotspur in the next round.

2017: Anouar El Mhassani

El Mhassani is still with West Ham. He currently plies his trade in the under-18 side as he looks to progress in England.

West Ham snapped up the left-footed midfielder from Ajax after the Dutch giants chose to release him.

But West Ham still have high hopes for the 17-year-old.

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