Do West Ham United quite literally have the new Kanu: Idris Kanu?

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West Ham look to have the next Kanu after their latest young talent made a splash with three goals in two games against Liverpool... in the same day.

The name Kanu is synonymous in football, and London in particular, with the exploits of legendary former Arsenal and Nigeria forward Nwankwo.

But the famous name looks to be in good hands thanks to West Ham academy player Idris Kanu, who is fast emerging through the ranks in East London.

The pacy 15-year-old is already playing several levels above his own age group and underlined his potential by coming off the bench to score two goals in the final seven minutes of a 3-2 win for the Hammers' Under-18s against Liverpool.

But the match-winning brace were not the only goals Kanu scored against Liverpool that day. Remarkably, the youngster also scored a free-kick earlier the same day to help the Under-15s draw with the Reds on another pitch at the Academy's Little Heath training ground. He was needed as the Hammers we were low on numbers with their Under-21 side having played the night before.

Speaking about Kanu's exploits on the club's official website, Under-18 coach Mark Phillips said he could not help but be impressed, reserving special mention for the young hopeful.

Phillips said: “With Idris’ goals, you have to remember that he’s an U15, playing up several levels. He came on and played without fear like he usually does and once he had the first, his confidence was there to grab a second.”

The level-headed striker is delighted with his development at the club and hopes to keep progressing through the ranks.

He said: “My aim now is to continue to play football at U18 level and to keep adapting and learning to make myself a better player. That will put me in a position next season to be a regular at a higher age group and look towards playing in the U21 football soon too.”

One thing is for sure if Idris turns out to be half the player Nwankwo was in world football, West Ham fans will have plenty to cheer about.

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