David Moyes hinted that he plans for Jamal Baptiste to be heavily involved with the first-team this season, when speaking to reporters yesterday afternoon.
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The Hammers beat Newcastle 4-2 at St James’ Park and everyone involved with the East London outfit will be waking up this morning absolutely buzzing.
There is still plenty of work to do between now and the end of the month, however.
West Ham’s defending was very poor at times yesterday. It will be crucial for Moyes to bring a top-class central defender to the London Stadium before the transfer window slams shut.
Even more so considering the fact that Frederik Alves has been sent to Sunderland on a season-long loan.
David Moyes drops Jamal Baptiste hint
The 17-year-old is incredibly highly rated at the London Stadium.
He hasn’t put a foot wrong when playing for the senior team and he seems to be a genuinely top-class player in the making.
Perhaps he is now ready to make the step up to the next level.
Moyes spoke to reporters yesterday afternoon and hinted that he has big plans for Baptiste, as quoted by Football.London:
“When I took Frederick Alves I felt I had to have a look at him for six months to see what he can do and if he was not going to affect the first team then he would go out on loan. I have 17-year-old centre-half Jamal [Baptiste] who I want involved in the first-team training but undoubtedly I am going to try and add to the squad.”
Moyes’s comments will give Baptiste hope that he could have a part to play for West Ham this season.
The Scot will undoubtedly bring in a centre-back this summer. That is almost a given.
And whoever that player is will hopefully be able to teach Baptiste some tricks of the trade.
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It certainly won’t be long before the teenager is a regular feature in the West Ham team, however. He’s clearly destined for greatness.