Jamal Baptiste bases his game on Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk and the West Ham youngster has the ability to emulate the Dutchman.

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The 17-year-old has so much talent and potential and he could end up saving Hammers boss David Moyes millions in the transfer market.

Moyes will be delighted to have the talented Baptiste at the London Stadium.

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The commanding young centre-back has really impressed at youth level for West Ham.

He hasn’t looked out of place when playing for the senior team either.

Baptiste bases his game on Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk (WHUFC.com).

And we think that the teenager has all of the raw ingredients needed to go on and reach the 30-year-old’s levels.

Is Jamal Baptiste the new Virgil van Dijk?

The West Ham youngster is incredibly cool and composed in possession.

He bears a striking resemblance to the Liverpool centre-back with his laid back demeanour.

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Don’t let that relaxed persona fool you though, Baptiste, like Van Dijk, is 100 per cent on the ball at all times.

His concentration levels for a young player really are second to none. His positional sense is superb too.

Baptiste does have good recovery pace as well, not that he needs to use it too often!

Van Dijk is obviously a bigger unit than Baptiste but that’s no surprise.

When the West Ham youngster gets older and fills out, he will be just as imposing as the Dutchman, if not quite as tall as him.

It’s obviously very early to suggest that Baptiste will go on to become as good as Van Dijk, but the early signs are very good.

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If the 17-year-old continues to improve and develop as a player, West Ham will have a world-class defender on our hands.

And that will, in turn, save the Hammers millions.

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