It was a mixed evening for West Ham’s academy, with Marcus Browne impressing while the current players slumped to defeat.
Browne is out on loan at Oxford United, where he is catching the eye with some exciting displays.
But on the same night that he once again reminded us of his talent, West Ham’s under-21 side were heavily beaten by League Two side Yeovil Town in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Yeovil 4-0 West Ham U21
West Ham sent a depleted squad to Huish Park to take on Yeovil in their final Checkatrade Trophy group game last night.
There were some key names missing; most notably Reece Oxford, Joe Powell and Conor Coventry missed out.
Grady Diangana, who is now a regular feature for the first-team, was not playing either.
The young Hammers, captained by Moses Makasi, were humbled with a 4-0 defeat against the Glovers.
Tunji Akinola scored an own goal and goalkeeper Nathan Trott ensured there were not more goals scored.
West Ham particularly struggled against set-pieces, which is a worry as these youngsters aim to step up to senior football.
Marcus Browne shines
But in better news, Browne continues to make strides during his loan spell at Oxford United.
The 20-year-old was also in action in the Checkatrade Trophy, playing away at Wycombe Wanderers.
And he netted his third goal of the season with a rasping drive which flew in off the underside of the bar.
The young attacking midfielder, who has one West Ham game to his name, is surely catching Manuel Pellegrini’s eye with his recent displays.