The next Bobby Moore may come along sooner rather than later

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West Ham United’s Under-21 side has a better defence than Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal.

There is an elite group of teams that compete for the Under-21 Premier League title and West Ham sit fifth in the current elite group, which is remarkable considering they have conceded fewer goals than any other side.

The Under-21 Premier League is currently going through its second phase and it’s important to note West Ham also had the second best defence during the first phase, which covered 14 matches and saw them concede that very number of goals.

It’s fitting that spotlight should fall on the defence of the main youth side at West Ham, the day after the anniversary of the death of Bobby Moore, arguably the club’s best ever defence.

It is important to point out that the Hammers have only played four matches in that version of the Premier League but it does mean there are some gifted youngsters coming through the ranks who could all be future first team regulars.

Leo Chambers is the first player who has been a consistent performer for the development squad so far this season.

Chambers is the sort of versatile defender who can play in nearly every position along the back for and he’s also a listed player in the club’s academy which produced the likes of Joe Cole and Frank Lampard.

Callum Driver is also someone to keep an eye on as he’s already spent time on loan away from West Ham with a spell at Burton Albion last season.

He is a smaller, quicker sort of defender who seems to be more suited to a full back role because of his size but he has been used at centre half. He is yet to make his senior debut for the club.

The third player who could make a breakthrough in the very near future is Eoin Wearen, an Irishman who can play in the defence or as a holding player in midfield.

He seems like a much more defensive type of Scott Parker and also spent time on loan last season with Dagenham and Redbridge. He’s also played for Ireland at Under-17 and Under-19 level.

The list could go on and on but the future of the West Ham United defence is quite literally in safe hands and hopefully the attack of the Under-21 side can start firing to reward the good work being done by the back four.

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