Emerging talent Keenan Appiah-Forson is reportedly ‘loved’ by players and staff at West Ham United.
And turning 20 next season he could be ready for the West Ham first team at the perfect time, potentially saving David Moyes millions in the transfer market this summer.
West Ham desperately need at least one defensive minded central midfielder in the next window.
West Ham’s shocking lack of back-up in central midfield has not been exposed this season
The Hammers have been extremely fortunate that both Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek have been everpresents all season.
Beyond those two West Ham have a worrying lack of alternatives.
But according to a report from The Athletic, Appiah-Forson is ‘loved’ by players and staff at West Ham.
He turns 20 in October and former West Ham academy chief Terry Westley has likened him to N’Golo Kante.
The player himself is determined to realise his dream of making the West Ham first team.
And The Athletic reports that his teammates and staff at West Ham believe it is only a matter of time.
Young defensive midfield star Appiah-Forson is loved by staff and players at West Ham
“He does so much work, the team wouldn’t be the same without him,” Appiah-Forson’s teammate Kai Corbett recently told the West Ham match-day programme.
“The 19-year-old, who has been at West Ham since the age of 14, is a holding midfielder and has been likened to Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante by his team-mates.”
“He always listened and wanted to improve,” Westley told The Athletic.
“I can tell he’s really enjoying himself and that’s what warmed the staff to him. You could always rely on him to do well.”
Perfect timing for ‘Keenan Kante’ to make first team breakthrough?
Well they say timing is everything in football. And the combative and diminutive Appiah-Forson’s looks to be perfect.
With club captain Mark Noble retiring at the end of next season, Appiah-Forson can come into the first team squad and learn the ropes from the veteran and fellow Hammers stars like Rice and Soucek.
West Ham could be playing a lot more football next season if they manage to make Europe.
So there will be ample opportunity for the young midfielder to get game time.
With money tight for most clubs, it would also potentially save Moyes millions in the transfer market.
With Conor Coventry expected to be knocking on the first team door too, that money could then be better spent where West Ham need it most – up front.