Former West Ham United goalkeeper Jimmy Walker revealed in a podcast for KUMB that he feels another former shot stopper of the club, Rob Green, is the perfect role model for any youngster at Upton Park.
West Ham have a very long and rich history when it comes to developing home grown talent and it’s important that any youth looking to break into the first team has role models to aspire towards.
“To any kid looking up at the club, on the pitch Rob Green was unbelievable – In training he epitomised making the best of yourself – He had some natural ability but the amount of work he put in was amazing,” he said.
Sam Allardyce showed last season that there are some good younger players coming through the youth ranks at the club, with Reece Burke one of the most obvious.
It will be interesting to see if the club’s next manager places a lot of time and attention towards developing younger players or whether there is more of a preference towards investments in the transfer market.
It’s difficult for the next boss because there is going to be a very high level of pressure, which makes it difficult to take risks.
However, for any youngster to develop and improve, he has to feel he’s got a real chance to break into the first team as Burke has done.
Green may be a random role model in the eyes of some of the club’s fans, but he embodies values such as hard work and commitment, which are ultimately what will help the youngsters to present themselves more impressively.