West Ham youth chief comments on Lewis Page potential, predicts his immediate future

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West Ham United's Academy Manager says left-back Lewis Page caught his eye as soon as he arrived at the club.

West Ham United Academy Manager Terry Westley told the club’s website that teenage left-back Lewis Page caught his eye as soon as he arrived at the club.

Westley linked up with the Hammers last summer and he’s made a prediction over how he sees Page’s immediate career panning out ahead of next season.

“Left-back Lewis Page caught my eye as an attacking, aggressive left-back soon after I arrived at the Club last summer. He is a modern player, which we are all looking for,” he said.

“Next season, I would expect Lewis to go out on loan and play league football and continue his development. He has made great strides this year.”

Page can probably consider himself to be a little unlucky considering the West Ham first team already has the left-back box ticked in terms of Aaron Cresswell.

Cresswell has excelled in his first season with the Hammers and looks authoritative in his position at Upton Park.

It would be a bizarre decision if manager Sam Allardyce did anything, which distracted him or upset his rhythm when there’s not much wrong with the way he’s performing.

Therefore, it would be pointless for a youngster like Page to stay at the club because he’d likely only see game time in the domestic cup competitions or if Cresswell picked up a long term injury or was suspended.

It makes sense for him to go into the Football League, play every week and improve at a club playing aggressive and physical football in a competitive division.

He can then return as a stronger player, with a stronger chance of putting Cresswell under more realistic pressure in the West Ham back four.

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