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West Ham make things clear over Ademipo Odubeko despite ridiculous Manuel Pellegrini situation

West Ham United have made things clear over new striker Ademipo Odubeko.

West Ham announced the signing of the prolific Republic of Ireland Under 17 star on Friday ( after weeks of speculation.

The likes of Juventus and Atletico Madrid were also interested in Odubeko (Football Insider).

Odubeko joins the Hammers after spending his schoolboy years at Manchester United.

There he made a name for himself as one of the hottest young properties around, scoring 35 goals and netting on his U18 Premier League debut last season.

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West Ham have a top talent on their hands

The powerful centre forward, who turned 17 on Monday, was born and raised in the Republic of Ireland.

The Red Devils had offered Odubeko a new deal but he turned it down to sign for West Ham.

West Ham believe they have a top talent on their hands.

And with Sebastien Haller the club’s only proven striker, Pellegrini’s side have started to struggle for variety, goals and results.

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But don’t expect to see him anytime soon

But despite Manuel Pellegrini’s ridiculous lack of striker options, Hammers fans’ hopes of seeing Odubeko unleashed in the first team look bleak.

That’s if the club’s official website is anything to go by.

On announcing Odubeko’s arrival, West Ham were at pains to make it clear the young forward will be part of the youth and development setup.

“(Odubeko) will initially work with West Ham’s U18 squad,” the club stated on

“He’ll start with the Under-18s and will enjoy opportunities to work, develop his own game, and act as a focal point in attack for different age groups, including the Under-23s,” academy manager Ricky Martin added.

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Pellegrini’s ridiculous lack of options

West Ham shipped out all five of last season’s strikers – four of them proven Premier League performers – and brought in only Haller and the unproven Albian Ajeti in the summer.

Ajeti has failed to impress in cup appearances and cameos so far.

Many West Ham fans will point to other clubs in the Premier League such as Manchester United where young strikers are getting game time and ask why Odubeko shouldn’t be considered for the first team given the serious lack of options.

After all, if he is good enough he’s old enough. Just like Declan Rice.

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