With the Hammers safe in the Premier League and very unlikely to secure European football for next season, it would seem like the best time to field some youngsters to see if they’ve got what it takes at Premier League level.
However, Allardyce is wary of using the youngsters at Upton Park prematurely, which shows a care and a desire for him to protect them.
“If we were in a better position with our results it would have been a good thing to look at the odd player,” he said.
“If you put a youngster in and lose you get criticised, the youngster might get criticised, so it is difficult – You can’t have your cake and eat it.”
One of the only ways to see if younger players have what it takes to perform to a certain level is to give them game time.
They can only improve if exposed to higher pressure situations where they are playing with and against a higher quality of opponent.
However, Allardyce does have his own position to think about at the moment because it’s still unclear whether he’s going to get a new deal at the club.
It will be easier for him to earn a new contract off the back of solid and impressive Premier League performances and a strong end to the season, rather than having a squad filled with a couple of youngsters who have struggled to play to a certain standard.