Defender Vashon Neufville is back at West Ham after his loan spell was cut short. Newport County have announced on their official website that Neufville is heading back to West Ham.

The academy left-back could now play a part in the under-23 team’s survival bid in the Premier League 2.

Vashon Neufville at Newport County

Vashon Neufville only played one more game after an impressive debut against Leicester. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images)

Having impressed at youth level over the past few years, Neufville was given the opportunity to prove himself at senior level.

In January, West Ham loaned the 19-year-old to League Two side Newport County for the remainder of the season.

Neufville made an immediate impact. He was thrown into action as a left-wing-back against Premier League side Leicester City and held his own against Premier League opposition.

 

In fact, the young defender even won a decisive penalty as his cross was handled by Marc Albrighton. This allowed Padraig Amond the chance to score a dramatic late penalty for Newport to win.

But Neufville only played more match for the Welsh side (against Grimsby Town) in a difficult loan spell for the player.

What does the future hold for Vashon Neufville?

Vashon Neufville is still young enough to make things work. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)

Neufville would have hoped for a more impressive loan stint with the Exiles. This could have helped him stake a claim for a first-team promotion in the near future.

But he has since been leapfrogged by Ben Johnson, who started at left-back against Manchester City after an injury crisis.

Neufville now faces an uphill battle to convince Manuel Pellegrini to use him. But the teenager still has time to turn things around after his Newport disappointment.

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