West Ham boss David Moyes may not need to sign another right-back for at least the next decade with Ben Johnson and Harrison Ashby coming through the ranks.
Vladimir Coufal is currently the Hammers’ undisputed number one right-back.
The Czech ace is 29 now, however, so probably only has two or three years left before his peak is in the rearview mirror.
The future is bright at the London Stadium, however. And Moyes should not even be concerned about signing a replacement for Coufal anytime soon.
Ben Johnson and Harrison Ashby could save West Ham millions
The 21-year-old and 19-year-old have both been absolutely magnificent for the Hammers’ youth teams over the past couple of years.
Neither of them have looked out of place when playing for the senior team either.
Johnson and Ashby both encapsulate everything that being a modern day full-back entails.
The right-backs are both energetic and have plenty of pace in their lockers.
It could be argued that both players are already better than Coufal’s current understudy – Ryan Fredericks.
Johnson and Ashby have emerged as brilliant options for Moyes over the past 12 months. So much so that the Scot can afford to move Fredericks on and not buy a replacement for Coufal for at least another 10 years.
Ben Johnson at his best:
That it some serious money that West Ham could save right there.
And it proves once again that investing in youth is more often than not the best way to make progress as a football club.