West Ham United are famed for bringing through young players and their current crop are no different, with a number of youngsters suggesting they have the ability to forge first-team careers at Upton Park.
The Hammers are currently impressing in the Premier League and manager Sam Allardyce is unlikely to play around with a winning formula, but with 2015 fast approaching, we take a look at three young West Ham players who should be given a chance either in the second half of this season or at the beginning of the following campaign.
George Moncur is a midfielder currently on loan at League One side Colchester United.
The son of former West Ham star John Moncur, the 21-year-old has featured over 50 times for the Hammers’ under-21 side and he is building up a considerable amount of experience having spent temporary stints at Partick Thistle and AFC Wimbledon in the past.
Moncur has already scored three goals and provided one assist this season and it would be no surprise to see him given a run-out in the West Ham first-team next year.
Sometimes a player is too young no matter how good they are, and at just 15, it could be argued that the West Ham defender has a long way to go before he should be considered for a first-team chance.
However, with ongoing reports claiming some of the Premier League big boys are circling, giving Oxford a chance in next season’s Capital One campaign, or perhaps a late appearance off the bench at some point next year, could make all the difference as Allardyce attempts to keep him at the club.
Dan Potts is a 20-year-old defender who can play in many different positions. This versatility could be one of the key factors in the player adding to his 13 previous appearances for the London club.
Some may suggest that he has already been given a chance in the West Ham first-team but the time will soon come when he should be relied upon more regularly. Especially when you consider that while he is predominantly a left-back he can also operate as a centre-back or a left-sided midfielder if required.