The future looks very bright for West Ham United at the moment. We have two of the very best young central defenders amongst our ranks at the London Stadium in the form of Aji Alese and Jamal Baptiste.
And the talented young duo could end up saving the Hammers millions in the transfer market.
David Moyes has some big decisions to make this summer.
The Scot’s need for a couple of top class strikers has been well-documented.
Our desperate need to sign a centre-forward shouldn’t detract from our problems in central defence, however.
On the face of it, West Ham are fairly well covered at centre-back. Delve a little deeper, however, and there are some issues Moyes needs to address.
Fabian Balbuena looks almost certain to leave the London Stadium this summer whilst Angelo Ogbonna and Craig Dawson will be 33 and 31 respectively before the start of next season.
Meanwhile, the jury is still out on Issa Diop and there are question marks as to whether he has the concentration and football intelligence required to make it at the very highest level.
West Ham have a bright future with Aji Alese and Jamal Baptiste
Hammers fans need not worry about our ageing back-line. We have arguably two of the very best young central defenders in England waiting in the wings.
Aji Alese, 20, and Jamal Baptiste, 17, are both incredibly talented.
The West Ham duo have excelled at youth level, and neither of them have looked out of place when playing for the senior side.
Alese and Baptiste seem to be destined for the very top. Next season may well come too soon for them but the West Ham fans should expect to see the young duo playing a major role for David Moyes’s side during the 2022/23 season.
If they both continue to improve and develop with age, Alese and Baptise could end up saving West Ham millions in the transfer market throughout the course of the next decade.