Ever since Dele Alli made the impressive jump from League One to Premier League and international stardom, clubs have been trying to unearth the next young gem.
There are plenty of youngsters showcasing their ability in the lower leagues and West Ham should have scouts checking on the next up and coming star.
Here are five EFL starlets that should be on West Ham’s radar as ones for the future.
Rochdale teenager Daniel Adshead is destined for the top. The 17-year-old made his first-team debut last season shortly after his 16th birthday and played against Tottenham Hotspur.
The England under-18 central midfielder has been scouted by Barcelona, Bayern Munich and all of the Premier League’s top six, as per The Mirror.
Coventry City have produced the likes of Callum Wilson and James Maddison in recent years and Tom Bayliss looks like the next top star off the conveyor belt.
The 19-year-old only made his Sky Blues debut last season but he has racked up 70 appearances and nine goals. The England under-19 starlet is a ball-carrying midfielder who helped the Sky Blues to promotion last season and has fired them into play-off contention this term.
After spending last season on loan at non-league Romulus, Burton Albion defender Reece Hutchinson could not have imagined the rapid rise he would have enjoyed in this campaign.
The 18-year-old has played 26 games for the Brewers and he is a key member of their side. West Ham could do with a long-term left-back option and the 5ft 8in teenager fits the bill.
Luton Town star James Justin has been shining at right-back over the past two years and looks set to guide his side to back-to-back promotions.
The 21-year-old has already played over 100 senior games, which is remarkable for his age. Predominantly a right-back, the England under-20 starlet is perfect for West Ham’s long-term future plans.
Charlie Kelman burst onto the scene earlier this season when he scored from his own half on his Southend United debut.
The 17-year-old striker was born in Basildon and West Ham have had their eye on him (HITC Sport). After scoring 61 youth goals in 2017/18, it is no surprise to see the Hammers keen on the USA international who plays just down the road in Essex.