One of West Ham United's coaches has been looking back on a big weekend for two teenage players.
Manny Onariase and Josh Cullen were both included in Sam Allardyce’s match-day squad, with West Ham ultimately falling to a 3-0 defeat, and Philips has told the club’s official website what he thought of their inclusion.
“Despite the defeat it will be invaluable experience for them both and hopefully the first of many,” the Hammers coach said.
While praising both players, Philips appeared to be especially pleased with Cullen, an 18-year-old central midfielder who has already featured 18 times for the club’s under-21s.
“Josh is a West Ham man through and through,” he said, “he’s a massive fan.
“He’s a very calm but confident character and a great person; he’s a coach’s dream to work with.”
Only time will tell what the future holds for both West Ham youngsters, but it is clear Allardyce has faith in them to be part of a senior squad and they may yet get a chance to show what they can do before the end of the current campaign…be it only for a few minutes.
West Ham are currently 10th in the Premier League and while they have faltered in recent times, there could yet be opportunities for Allardyce to give youth a chance.