During Manuel Pellegrini’s short reign as West Ham manager, he has already shown that he has faith in youth.
Since taking over from David Moyes, he has made Declan Rice a regular in his starting line-up and has promoted Grady Diangana to a first-team role.
Pellegrini has also handed debuts to Conor Coventry and Joe Powell, showing the academy players that there is a clear route to the first-team.
But who might be the next player to follow Rice and Diangana into the first-team?
Marcus Browne – currently out on loan at Oxford United – has been making waves and he could become a future star at West Ham.
Marcus Browne at Oxford
Having played just one Europa League game for West Ham and one FA Cup game on loan at Wigan Athletic, Browne was sent out on loan to get senior football under his belt.
The lively attacking midfielder has been a standout player in League One, consistently beating defenders with his pace and skill.
Browne has caught the eye this week as well. Firstly, he shared a video on social media of him beating Gillingham defender Barry Fuller with a deceptive piece of skill.
And then he followed this up with a goal in the FA Cup; his fourth of the season.
Is he good enough?
West Ham fans are very excited about Browne. He certainly has the natural talent and flair to thrive if he can realise his potential.
The 20-year-old is versatile and he is comfortable on either wing or in a central attacking midfield role.
And he may have even been given his West Ham chance under Pellegrini if he’d been at the club.
But this loan spell is doing the West Ham starlet a lot of good and he is proving his worth in senior football ahead of next season.