After watching his side beat Leicester City in the Premier League 2, West Ham under-23 coach Liam Manning singled out Dan Kemp for praise.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Manning noted how impressed he has been with Kemp’s attitude and recent form.
The 20-year-old was nominated for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award in March and he followed that up with a goal against Leicester.
Kemp won the penalty and converted it to give West Ham a valuable three points in their bid for survival. And Manning was delighted with the diminutive winger.
Liam Manning on Dan Kemp
Manning said: “Dan is playing really well at the moment. He is working extremely hard every day and he’s got a great attitude. He’s getting into more effective areas and I think he was a bit annoyed with the one he missed because he did really well on that.
“We always said it would take time after his injury and he’s now starting to show that form he was in before the injury. He needs to keep doing what he’s doing now into our last two big games.”
Dan Kemp: first-team hopeful
Kemp’s next goal will be a first-team breakthrough. The left-footed winger will be hoping for some senior action before the end of the season if he continues his fine form.
Like Declan Rice, Kemp joined West Ham from Chelsea and he will be hoping to follow in his team-mate’s footsteps.
Rice broke through the academy and has become a regular for West Ham, as well as earning his first two England caps.
Could Kemp be the next academy starlet to make his mark in the West Ham first-team?