West Ham boss David Moyes has an incredibly exciting group of young players coming through the ranks at the London Stadium at the moment.
It seems as though the Hammers could be on the verge of a golden era very soon.
And there are four young players in particular who we think could play an absolutely key role for West Ham over the course of the next decade or so.
Harrison Ashby, Emmanuel Longelo (Manny Longz!), Jamal Baptiste and Aji Alese all formed our back four against Manchester United U-23s on Saturday afternoon.
They all proved their immense quality once again and the sky really is the limit for the West Ham quartet. Let’s hope we keep them at the London Stadium because they are all clearly stars of the future.
West Ham United’s incredibly exciting group of young players could save Moyes millions
The four defenders are all exceptional talents. Ashby, 19, Longelo, 20, Baptiste, 17 and Alese, 20 have a good 12-15 years left playing at the highest level.
And all four players could end up saving Hammers boss David Moyes millions in the transfer market.
Baptiste and Alese will surely be promoted to the senior team sooner rather than later. They are primed to take over from Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson when the ageing Hammers centre-backs eventually hang up their boots.
Let’s say that’s in two or three years for instance, Moyes would then have Kurt Zouma, Issa Diop, Alese and Baptiste to choose from.
The Scot won’t have to spend a penny to replace the experienced Italian and the former Watford man.
Meanwhile, at right-back, Ben Johnson is primed to take over from Vladimir Coufal in a few years.
Harrison Ashby is so good though that he will be able to push Johnson all the way for his place in the starting XI.
Once again, Moyes would then save millions by not having to replace Coufal.
Then at left-back, Longelo is the ideal long-term replacement for Aaron Cresswell. Not only is the youngster a very good defender but he also has a wicked delivery on him.
Left-back is perhaps the only position out of the back-four where Moyes would have to invest because aside from Longelo, we don’t have any other top-class players coming through…for the moment at least.
Either way, Moyes has an entire new back four coming through the ranks – all more than good enough for the Premier League.
He must be rubbing his hands together.
David Moyes has always made it clear that he wants young and hungry players at West Ham (WHUFC.com).
The future is really bright in East London. And it will be great to see the latest batch of youngsters make a name for themselves in the first-team over the course of the next few years.