Three young West Ham defenders will be representing their countries at youth level today. And all three will have different managers they will be hoping to impress.
Manuel Pellegrini should be taking notes on Goncalo Cardoso while Aji Alese will be hoping to impress his new manager after leaving on loan. Harrison Ashby, meanwhile, will be on the radar of West Ham’s U23 squad.
Here, we take a look at each of these teenage defenders and their respective challenges today.
West Ham starlet Ashby will be representing Scotland U19s in a game against Japan U19. It is a friendly match being held in Murcia, Spain. And it kicks off midday GMT.
The 17-year-old is a young right-back who predominantly plays with West Ham’s U18 team. He has played three times for the U18s this season and was an unused substitute for the U23 team against Manchester United last week.
Ashby will be aiming to impress Dmitri Halajko – West Ham’s U23 manager. During pre-season, Ashby played once for the U23 team and has been on the bench but this is his next target at West Ham.
Accrington Stanley beat the deadline to sign Aji Alese on loan from West Ham on the last day of the summer window. But Alese will have to wait for his Accrington debut as he is away on international duty this weekend.
The 18-year-old will be hoping to make his England U19 debut, having graduated from the U18 side. Operating in central defence, Alese could feature in today’s friendly against Greece at St George’s Park in a 15:00 kick-off.
Alese is a very highly-rated young player at West Ham. Accrington manager John Coleman will almost certainly send representatives to watch the teenager for England U19s as he aims to break into the League One team’s starting line-up.
West Ham’s summer signing will be representing Portugal U20s today and his aim will be to impress Pellegrini. West Ham will surely be sending scouts to check on Cardoso as Portugal U20s have a home game against Switzerland U20s in Melgaco at 17:30.
The 18-year-old joined West Ham from Boavista in the summer but has yet to make a matchday squad. He has gone straight into the U23 team and he needs to show Pellegrini why he is ready to step up.