Sam Allardyce: This is my youngest squad at West Ham

Allardyce has built a strong squad at West Ham, and they can only improve.

Speaking to London24, Allardyce admitted that his squad is the youngest he has ever put together at West Ham.

The 60-year-old coach said: “I have done what I have been asked, which is to deliver a team, which this season has been the most successful, but also the most entertaining and the most thrilling.

“It is the youngest squad we have put together since I have been here.”

This is certainly a promising thought for the Hammers, with their campaign set to become the base from which they can build upon.

They may have struggled to replicate their early season form in the second half of the campaign, but there is a sign that all the players are good enough for the Premier League on their day, and it is just a matter of maturity and experience helping them keep this form up for an entire season.

Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, both 25, were signed last summer, whilst Aaron Cresswell is also the same age. They have yet to reach their peak, but have proven themselves in the top flight.

Carl Jenkinson may only be on loan, but the Hammers want to complete a permanent deal, and he is only 23-years-old.

On top of these first-team regulars are academy prospects set to break through, with Reece Burke appearing in the last three games, and Reece Oxford close to the first-team.

The Hammers’ season may go down as mediocre when seen overall, but the youthful stye of West Ham’s squad, and the promise the players have shown, suggests that things are only going to get better for the East London outfit.

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