West Ham United fans may have recognised the name Kai Corbett making headlines over the weekend.

Unfortunately for the Hammers the talented young winger was scoring for Manchester United.

Corbett, 17, was surprisingly released by West Ham. And he was immediately snapped up by the Red Devils.

The attacking talent wasted little time impressing his new club when he scored the only goal of the game in Manchester United Under 18s’ win against Blackburn on Sunday.

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Corbett was listed as a trialist for the game.

But when news of Corbett’s debut winner emerged from the likes of The Sun, it caught some West Ham fans by surprise.

And when Hammers supporters want answers, they usually turn to the ever-reliable insider ExWHUemployee.

The anonymous Twitter and podcast source did not disappoint either.

He told West Ham fans the reasons Corbett left the club.

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“Permanent unfortunately as he looked a decent player,” ExWHUemployee said on Twitter.


“He had a fall out with one of the coaches and it was felt by some he wasn’t good enough to make it.”

So there you have it West Ham fans. Corbett will not be the next big thing to come from the club’s famous academy of football.

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Hammers coaches know a player when they see one

Corbett was a half-time substitute in the win, replacing Robbie Savage’s son Charlie.

The young star had scored four goals in 11 appearances for West Ham’s youth side this season. He also scored in the EFL trophy against Newport’s first team.

There is a long way to go for Corbett to make it in the big time. But if he does it will prove galling for West Ham.

West Ham’s under 18s boss is Kevin Keen. He and the other youth coaches at West Ham clearly know a player.

And that should offers fans some comfort that they haven’t let the next Grady Diangana go for nothing.

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