West Ham academy goalkeeper Joseph Anang has admitted that he finds it “much more difficult” to be a back-up goalkeeper, whufc.com reports.
Anang is the academy’s first-choice goalkeeper this season and he is enjoying the extra game time. He has taken over from Nathan Trott, who is out on loan at AFC Wimbledon.
The England U19 starlet has played every minute of action for the U23s this season under Dmitri Halajko. Krisztian Hegyi, 16, is the back-up but Anang is the main man between the sticks. He is enjoying the extra responsibility.
Joseph Anang on back-up duties
Anang spoke to whufc.com before tonight’s EFL Trophy clash with Cheltenham Town. He addressed a number of issues, including the U23 team’s impressive form and his situation since Trott departed on loan.
The 19-year-old much prefers being the academy’s top goalkeeper – rather than sitting on the bench. He told the club’s official website: “It’s all about hard work. When you are the first-choice goalkeeper, it’s very different from being a back-up. It’s much more difficult being a back-up and waiting for your opportunity when the first choice is not around.”
Joseph Anang: Next in line
Hammers youngster Anang might not like being a back-up goalkeeper that much. But he might be forced into it if West Ham suffer one more injury. With Lukasz Fabianski injured for two to three months, Anang is now the third-choice goalkeeper for the first-team.
Fabianski is injured and Trott is out on loan. If either Roberto or David Martin is injured, Anang will take a place on the bench. If he becomes West Ham’s back-up goalkeeper, he might have to get used to less game time again.
Manuel Pellegrini would not let Anang play for the academy side if he has two injuries between the sticks. So, the teenager might need to get used to deputising once more – if the injury curse strikes again.