West Ham United boss David Moyes has drafted two never seen before youngsters into the squad for tonight’s game against Sheffield United.
After a bright start the Hammers have endured a torrid season and find themselves 16th at the halfway stage.
Sheffield United meanwhile have been widely praised for their impressive return to the top tier.
The Blades sit eighth going into the game.
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But it says a lot about how tight the division is this season that a West Ham win at Brammall Lane would put David Moyes’s side just four points behind their hosts.
It is a case of so far, so good for Moyes on his controversial West Ham return.
Many Hammers fans were unhappy with the re-appointment, feeling it was typical of their unambitious owners.
But a 4-0 win over Bournemouth on New Year’s Day – West Ham’s biggest league victory in three and a half years at their new London Stadium home – and a 2-0 win at Gillingham in the FA Cup has brightened the mood.
Two unknown youngsters drafted into first team squad – insider
Now Moyes has showed he is not afraid to turn to West Ham’s youngsters.
That’s according to reliable West Ham insider ExWHUemployee who claims two never seen before academy youngsters have been drafted into tonight’s squad.
“Young players Bernardo Rosa (Brazilian/central midfielder) and Jeremy Ngakia (right back/right winger) have been called into today’s squad!” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.
“Good luck lads!”
One new bit of news following on from last night’s information. Young players Bernardo Rosa (Brazilian/ central midfielder) and Jeremy Ngakia (Right back/Right winger) have been called into today’s squad! Good luck lads! pic.twitter.com/ZxDNev9GWJ
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 10, 2020
With Ryan Fredericks injured and Carlos Sanchez looking set to leave this month Moyes needs cover in those positions.
So what do we know about the duo?
West Ham fans love to see academy graduates in first team
West Ham rate both highly. According to the club’s official website Ngakia (pictured training alongside Declan Rice and Sebastien Haller above) models his game on injured first team star Michail Antonio.
“Ngakia is a strong and speedy player who plays to his strengths whenever he is given the opportunity,” the official website states.
“Highly-regarded from a young age, Ngakia made 17 appearances for West Ham United’s U18s during the 2016/17 season, when he was still a schoolboy.”
Rosa (pictured above in action for West Ham’s Under 23s back in November) does not have a profile write-up on West Ham’s site.
But the 19-year-old midfielder has made 17 appearances in Premier League 2, scoring once and providing four assists.
West Ham fans love nothing more than to see Academy players in the first team.
Let’s hope both can make a good impression being around the first team environment.