West Ham academy manager identifies three youngsters with first-team futures

West Ham United are hoping that a number of their academy graduates can break into their first-team in the near future.

West Ham United academy manager Terry Westley has identified three youngsters with first-team futures on the club's official site.

The Hammers have one of the most reputable youth systems in the country, but they have struggled to produce talent from their academy in recent times.

However, Westley believes that the club's wait for a home-grown hero is about to end, with the current crop of up-and-coming stars particularly exciting.

The academy boss says that Reece Oxford, Reece Brown and Manny Onariase, who has just signed a professional deal at the Boleyn Ground, can be stars of tomorrow and he wants to guide them into the senior side.

"Manny was on the bench for the first team at Arsenal last month and now, like Reece Oxford and Reece Burke, he needs to push on and try and get into the first-team squad on a regular basis," he said.

"It’s a hugely difficult task, because there are some very good players ahead of him, but he has a chance and we’ll continue to do everything we can to help him become the player we know he can be."

At the moment Mark Noble and James Tomkins are the most notable graduates of West Ham's youth squad, but the hope is that more can follow in their footsteps in the future.

Oxford is considered to be among the finest prospects in England, while Brown has been tipped for a bright career from a young age.

Onarise, on the other hand, has been a late bloomer and the hope is that he continues to progress at his current rate to develop into a player that is capable of performing at the top level.

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