West Ham winger Dan Kemp scored twice as the U21 team were beaten in Cheltenham.
The young Hammers lost 4-3 against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Trophy and the game will act as a steep learning curve.
Many of West Ham’s young players were getting some rare action against some senior players. The West Ham attackers were rampant in the first-half and not for the first time this season.
Among them was Kemp. The youngster grabbed himself a first-half brace, popping up in the box to convert twice from close-range. This could help his case for a promotion to the senior squad.
Dan Kemp close to first-team promotion?
Manuel Pellegrini recently included Kemp in his first-team training session. The Irons boss was running the rule over the left-footed winger, who has been impressing on the right flank for the U23s.
The 20-year-old has not yet made his first-team debut but he is doing his chances no harm. With limited options available on the wing, Pellegrini might consider Kemp for the senior squad.
Michail Antonio is injured while Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals prefer a central role. This leaves Robert Snodgrass as the only natural winger on West Ham’s bench. Kemp and Nathan Holland will be vying for that final spot.
Both Holland and Kemp have done enough to prove they are good enough to play first-team football somewhere. Whether that is at West Ham or out on loan remains to be seen.