West Ham’s youngsters shone in the EFL Cup thumping of Macclesfield on Wednesday night.
An already enjoyable evening for the fans was made even sweeter by the glimpse into the future offered up; Grady Diangana, Joe Powell and Conor Coventry all made their debuts.
Diangana started and marked the occasion with the final two goals of the eight-goal romp.
On the same night, a former young Hammer was enduring a night in stark contrast to the fairytales unfolding at the London Stadium.
Once upon a time, Domingos Quina was among the hot young things at West Ham. Perhaps if he hadn’t left the club for Watford on deadline day, he would have been involved against Macclesfield.
As it turned out, the wideman turned out for Javi Gracia’s overperforming Hornets in the relocated trip to Tottenham Hotspur on the same night.
After an end-to-end affair, the match went down to penalties. Minutes after the young Hammers lit up the London Stadium, Quina fluffed his lines from the penalty spot as Watford lost the shoot-out.
Quina failed to develop during his time in east London, in truth. Now, a new, local generation of talent has been liberated to come through the ranks. Quina is part of West Ham’s past, and rightly so.