Jamal Baptiste was in absolutely sensational form for West Ham United’s under-23’s against Ebbsfleet United yesterday afternoon.

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We lost the game 2-1, but the youngster really stood out.

The 17-year-old Hammers starlet is truly special. He has all the makings of a real star of the future.

David Moyes must be licking his lips.

Baptiste has been really good in pre-season already. He reached a whole new level with his performance for the under-23’s yesterday, however.

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Any West Ham fan who watched the game would have been seriously excited by the teenager’s performance.

Jamal Baptiste a real star in the making

The 17-year-old looked like a seasoned veteran against Ebbsfleet yesterday afternoon.

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He led by example at the back and absolutely dominated in the air. His anticipation and reading of the game was truly exceptional.

Baptiste has really impressive recovery pace when needed as well.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Baptiste, however, is his incredible maturity and temperament. He just looks like nothing phases him at all.

David Moyes will have a big decision to make this summer.

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Does he promote young Jamal to the senior squad for Premier League games? Does he allow him to blossom with the under-23’s? Or does he send him out on loan to a Championship or League Two side?

One thing’s for sure, Baptiste is good enough to mix it with the very best now. And we think he might just have a big role to play this season. Yesterday’s display against Ebbsfleet was evidence of just how good he is, regardless of the fact that it was a friendly.

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