Mark Noble has made a hugely exciting claim about the current West Ham under-18s group.

The West Ham under-18s have enjoyed a fine 2022/23 campaign – one that has been closely watched by Hammers Sporting Director Mark Noble.

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The West Ham youngsters have already wrapped up the under-18 south division title by an absolute canter and they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at the Emirates tonight.

West Ham United U18 v Southampton U18 - FA Youth Cup Semi-Final
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The future really does look bright for the Hammers, with the likes of Divin Mubama, Ollie Scarles, Callum Marshall, Lewis Orford, Regan Clayton and Divine Mukasa coming through the ranks.

David Moyes obviously has a very talented group of players at his disposal at senior level, but the next batch of stars coming through really must have the West Ham fans’ mouths watering…

Mark Noble makes hugely exciting claim about West Ham under-18s

The former Hammers skipper sat down for an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard about all things West Ham.

And Noble responded when asked whether he thinks that any of the current crop of youngsters will be added to the wall of fame at the club’s Chadwell Heath academy – a board listing the names of all those who have graduated from the academy on to the first-team:

Mark Noble makes hugely exciting claim about West Ham under-18s
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“I’m hoping two or three of them would be on that board. They’re a special group and I say to them all the time: ‘It’s over to you’. If you don’t make it, at least put your head on the pillow knowing you did everything.”

Noble recently suggested that the reason why so many of the under-21s have been allowed to leave the London Stadium recently is because of the sheer volume of quality young players coming through the ranks in the under-18s.

And now he has doubled down on those claims.

In two or three years, this current batch of youngsters may well be featuring regularly for the senior team. Can some of them go on to emulate the likes of Joe Cole and Michael Carrick? Let’s hope so.

Mark Noble certainly thinks that some of the West Ham under-18s are good enough to make it at the very highest level.


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