There weren’t many happy West Ham fans when the January transfer window closed, but it was a good month for Ollie Scarles.
Hammers boss David Moyes brought in unproven Brazilian defender Luizao and injury prone 30-year-old striker Danny Ings during the January transfer window.
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I’m not against those signings, but it’s clear for everyone to see that we needed much more, in order to enjoy a successful second half of the season.
Losing Harrison Ashby and Emmanuel Longelo was far from ideal either.
However, the latter’s exit was really good news for one Hammer in particular…
Ollie Scarles a huge winner from West Ham January transfer window woes
The 17-year-old Hammers starlet recently penned a long-term deal at the London Stadium.
It’s clear to see that he has a really bright future in the game.
Joe Cole described Scarles as ‘outstanding’ after the teenager made his senior debut against FCSB at the end of last year.
And now his path to the first team has been cleared ever so slightly.
Aaron Cresswell is now 33, and really shouldn’t be anywhere near a Premier League team. Emerson seems to have the left-back or the left wing-back role nailed down for now.
Longelo would have been next in line after those two, but the 22-year-old left on deadline day to join Birmingham City on a permanent deal.
Now, with Manny gone, Scarles is essentially our second choice left-back. The 17-year-old certainly has more about him that Cresswell, and David Moyes really should be including him in match-day squads regularly now.
Ollie Scarles was a big winner from the abysmal West Ham January transfer window. Hopefully we get to see the ultra talented 17-year-old more regularly over the course of the next few months.
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