Four West Ham academy stars pictured in Vienna ahead of Europa League clash with Hammers eyeing a place in the last 16 of the competition.

As reported by Hammers News last night, teenage strike sensation Sonny Perkins is in the travelling West Ham squad for the Europa clash with Rapid Wien.

With Michail Antonio having been left at home there is a real chance Perkins, 17, might be in David Moyes’s matchday squad.

Sonny Perkins. Photo: West Ham United FC

Four West Ham academy stars pictured in Vienna ahead of Europa League clash

And now a picture has emerged online showing that Perkins has been joined by three of his West Ham Academy teammates in the travelling party over in Austria.

West Ham posted a picture gallery on the club’s website last night of the squad arriving at Rapid’s stadium and going out on the pitch.

The picture confirmed the Hammers News story about Perkins being involved.

From L-R: Jamal Baptiste, Sonny Perkins and Dan Chesters with Aji Alese behind him. Photo: West Ham United FC

And it also showed defenders Jamal Baptiste and Aji Alese as well as midfielder Dan Chesters.

Baptiste and Alese have been in West Ham first squads before and tasted some action.

Alese found himself at the centre of an administrative error which saw West Ham Under 21s eliminated from the EFL Trophy for fielding an ineligible player earlier this month.

Chesters comes on for his debut vs Genk. Photo: West Ham United FC

Chesters made his West Ham debut and impressed – albeit briefly – in the home match with Genk.

Moyes has had to manage his squad carefully this season with West Ham fighting on all fronts.

 

The Scot has managed that masterfully so far.

Moyes could make seven changes and switch formation as West Ham aim for the win which would seal a place in the last 16.

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West Ham’s players seem to be in good spirits on the trip despite the defeat to Wolves last time out.

Declan Rice posted a video with Said Benrahma on their way to Vienna and West Ham fans loved it.

After Chesters made his debut against Genk, Hammers skipper Mark Noble made a statement on Twitter.

“Our academy just keeps on producing,” Noble said.

West Ham fans love seeing academy players given a chance in the first team.

Let’s hope that the quartet can get some minutes and vital experience in the Europa over the next two games.

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