West Ham United under-23s manager Mark Robson has absolutely raved about teenage talent Michael Forbes.

The 17-year-old centre-back has featured regally for the Hammers’ under-18 side this season but he’s made two appearances for the U-23s as well.

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The Northern Irishman joined the West Ham academy in the summer of 2020 from Dungannon Swifts.

Forbes is very highly rated at the London Stadium, just like so many youngsters coming through the ranks at the moment.

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David Moyes must be absolutely delighted with the sheer volume of talented young players making big statements at youth level. Forbes is certainly one for the future and he has already caught the eye of Mark Robson…

West Ham under-23 boss raves about Michael Forbes

The 17-year-old has featured twice for the under-23s this season and he hasn’t done himself any harm at all with his performances.

In fact, it has been the exact opposite.

U-23 boss Mark Robson sat down with WHUFC.com and absolutely raved about the 17-year-old Norther Irish defender:

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“Michael has come in a few times for us and he has done exceptionally well. He didn’t get too many minutes in this game. But he was calm and comfortable on the ball, which was really pleasing.”

That’s high praise indeed for the West Ham teenager.

To be playing under-23 football at 17 and not having looked out of place one little bit tells us a lot about Forbes’ talent, ability and mentality.

The sky will obviously be the limit for the teenager as long as he continues to work hard and applies himself properly both on and off the pitch.

The early signs seem very good regarding that however and that’s fantastic news. Forbes will undoubtedly be one for the West Ham fans to keep a very close eye on over the next few years.

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