Emmanuel Longelo spoke exclusively to West Ham United’s official website and lifted the lid on his new role as a leader in the under-23’s.

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The 20-year-old Hammers starlet is a really exciting young talent and he is extremely highly rated at the London Stadium.

Longelo recently penned a new deal with West Ham that runs until the summer of 2023, as covered right here on Hammers News.

The 20-year-old seems to have everything needed to go on and become Aaron Cresswell’s successor.

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Emmanuel Longelo comments hint at future leadership role for West Ham

The future looks really bright for the Hammers.

David Moyes is building a really exciting young team at the London Stadium.

And Longelo may well be a hugely influential figure for the East London outfit in years to come.

We may well have a Mark Noble 2.0 on our hands. The youngster told WHUFC.com:

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“For me, this season is a new challenge and I’m looking forward to it. I never shy away from a challenge. It’s my third season with the U23s now and it’s a new role for me. I’ve got to be more of a leader now – one of the players that others look up to and respect. I’d say I need to be welcoming the new lads and making them feel like they’re part of the team, letting them know that they’re part of the squad and that if they need any help we can show them around. I think they’ve settled in very well so far. They look comfortable and we’ve been cracking jokes and having a laugh since they arrived. We’ve been working hard together to push each other on – so far, so good.”

Like Noble, Longelo was born in the East End and he has been with the Hammers since he was a boy.

At 20, the left-back has plenty of time to improve and hone his skills ahead of graduating to the first-team. He is undoubtedly a real talent.

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And the leadership skills that he is clearly already displaying will stand him in great stead for the future.

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