West Ham United fans were getting excited to see young star Mipo Odubeko in the first team until injury struck.
Well now that prospect could become reality in the coming weeks.
That’s after Odubeko posted a video showing his return to Hammers training – and the unerring finishing quality many think will make him a West Ham star.
Fans had been calling on David Moyes to use the former Manchester United youngster in Carabao Cup games earlier this season.
Teen striker looked set for cup chance until injury struck
The young striker only turned 18 in October. But he had been in red hot form for West Ham’s development side at the start of the season.
West Ham beat a host of clubs to Odubeko’s signature when he refused to sign a new deal at Manchester United last year (whufc.com).
And it is easy to see why so many clubs wanted the prolific goalscorer when he was twice on the scoresheet – and for the fourth time in two games – as West Ham’s Under 23s beat Southend 3-1 in the EFL Trophy last month.
There was something more to his performance than just goals, though. For many it felt like a watershed moment for the youngster.
Indeed one of his goals won West Ham’s September goal of the month award.
Many West Ham fans remarked they have not seen the kind of deadly finishing power and prowess displayed by Odubeko since a certain Jermain Defoe was emerging from the West Ham ranks.
Just as it seemed he would be drafted into the squad for West Ham’s Carabao Cup games, Odubeko picked up an injury.
Ex Manchester United hotshot posts comeback video showing his unerring finishing quality
He has been sidelined ever since.
But now he is back in training. And it could be just in time to breathe some much needed new life into West Ham’s attack.
Odubeko posted a relieved comeback message on Twitter along with a video of him firing a shot into the top corner.
“On the pitch with Ben Mangan this morning, so happy to have a ball at my feet again after so long,” Odubeko said on Twitter.
West Ham have been hampered by a lack of depth up front this season.
The Hammers have made a good start to the season.
But it could have been even better if West Ham had more options up top.
Moyes’s lack of options, nine subs and busy festive period could give young striker his big chance
Michail Antonio is suffering persistent injury problems while Sebastien Haller continues to struggle.
Moyes made it clear after the defeat to Chelsea he needs Antonio back fit.
And he said he may have to start looking for a new forward, either in the January window or from within his squad.
Given West Ham can now name nine substitutes in their matchday squads and are about to embark on a seriously busy festive schedule, that could open the door for Odubeko in a big way.
It will be up to the Republic of Ireland youth striker to take his chance when it comes.
But based on the kind of finishing West Ham fans have seen from him, the potential is definitely there.
He has plenty of pace and power too, key commodities for any Premier League striker.
And he would be an unknown quantity for the opposition as well.
Moyes has proved he is not afraid to give academy stars their big break.
Surely Odubeko will be the next?