West Ham fans should be seriously excited by the comments of Armstrong Okoflex after last night’s win for the under-21s over Ipswich Town in the Papa John’s Trophy.
The 19-year-old joined the Hammers on a free transfer from Celtic in the summer.
And wow, what a talent David Moyes seems to have on his hands.
Since moving to the London Stadium, Okoflex has been on fire with four goals in five games for the under-23’s and under-21’s (Transfermarkt).
He looked great during our pre-season campaign as well. The Hammers youngster’s comments after last night’s win, however, prove that he is ready to play against the big boys regularly.
Armstrong Okoflex comments should really excite the West Ham fans
The 19-year-old was speaking to reporters after last night’s win in the Papa John’s trophy.
Armstrong responded when asked if he felt any nerves before taking the penalty that eventually won us the game, as quoted by WHUFC.com:
“I feel like when you’re on the pitch certain players pick up on the atmosphere more than others. I’ll be honest, I didn’t hear too much of it. People have asked me about if I was nervous about taking the penalty because of the noise and some flashing lights – I didn’t hear any of it. When the ball is in play, I don’t focus on what’s going on elsewhere. They were a good crowd and they got behind the team, but I’m pleased that the players stood up to the occasion and managed to get the win.”
Those comments prove that Okoflex is ready to play on the very biggest stage. Sure, it was only a Papa John’s Trophy clash.
But the sentiment of his remarks means that the big stage does not phase him.
It’s good to have that kind of arrogance when you’re a young player going toe to toe with grizzly veterans.
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And Okoflex clearly has that kind of confidence about him. That should excite the West Ham fans. The 19-year-old is ready to make his mark. Whether David Moyes gives him a chance to shine at senior level this season remains to be seen, however.