Five young stars could be handed their West Ham United debuts in the Carabao Cup against Charlton on Tuesday night.
That’s if today’s Under 23 team selection is anything to go by.
West Ham were dismal in their 2-0 opening day defeat to Newcastle on Saturday.
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West Ham looked stale, one-paced and very ordinary.
Now it looks as if West Ham boss David Moyes could include five academy youngsters in his squad for the London derby.
Among them could be three first team debuts to boot.
Young stars Jamal Baptiste, Aji Alese, Conor Coventry and Xande Silva – who featured for West Ham in pre-season – were all omitted from the U23 side to play Chelsea in the Premier League 2 on Monday afternoon.
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And so was red hot striker Mipo Odubeko.
Our Under-23s kick-off their Premier League 2 season with a trip to Chelsea this afternoon.
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Fans believe that is because they have been called into the first team squad for the game against Charlton at the London Stadium.
Young centre-back Baptiste was hugely impressive for West Ham in pre-season. He caught the attention of Angelo Ogbonna who tipped him for a bright future (whufc.com).
Coventry and Silva have already featured for the first team before – albeit briefly.
Alese looked the real deal in pre-season too. And Odubeko – a signing from Manchester United – has been tipped to break into West Ham’s Premier League squad after some scintillating performances and goals of late – read the full story here.
Will Moyes take the risk?
Whether all five start remains to be seen.
That may be something of a risk given the fact Moyes has publicly said he wants to attack the cup competitions.
But West Ham fans will undoubtedly be excited to see how some of the academy products get on.
Particularly in light of the continued failings of certain first team players.