Amid all the speculation about signing a striker some West Ham United fans may have forgotten about their latest addition Frederick Alves Ibsen.
West Ham signed the 21-year-old Danish-Brazilian centre-back from Silkeborg on January 2nd for just over £1million.
But West Ham boss David Moyes was quick to tell fans that Alves was very much one for the future.
Moyes said Alves would be ‘one of the future’
“He’s a young boy from Denmark we’ve had our eye on,” Moyes explained earlier this month (whufc.com).
“We wanted to try and do it during the summer transfer window, but we weren’t able to do it then.
“He’s come in for just over a million pounds, so it’s a little bit of business that’ll help us with a younger group. We want to keep trying to add young players and we want to try and make the squad younger as we go along.
“He’s somebody with potential. He’s probably not for just now, but he’s a young player with a bit of potential who’ll hopefully come good in the future.”
Alves was fully expected to join up with West Ham’s development squad.
New defender pictured in full training with first team ahead of FA Cup tie
And given the number of young promising players West Ham have signed over the years who fade into obscurity, many assumed that would probably be the last we see of him.
But after saying he was one for the future, Alves has been pictured very much involved in first team training ahead of the FA Cup tie against Stockport on Monday night.
Images posted by West Ham’s media team on Twitter show Alves involved in the final preparations ahead of the cup game.
And pictures posted online in recent weeks have also showed Alves has been part of the first team squad since signing.
Has young centre-back impressed Hammers boss already?
Whether he will be in the squad for the Stockport game remains to be seen.
West Ham’s development squad was shut down over Christmas and New Year due to Covid.
So Alves could not have joined up with them anyway.
But perhaps Moyes has been suitably impressed by the defender in training and decided to keep him as part of the senior squad?
It will certainly be interesting to see how he develops over the remainder of the season and if he can force his way into the squad.