West Ham's academy boss has tipped a young full-back to have a big impact at the club.
The England under-17 left-back has just signed a new contract with the club and Westley has told whufc.com that he’s looking for the player to put Aaron Cresswell under some pressure over the next few seasons.
“We’re delighted that he has decided to stay at West Ham. He’s seen the development plan we’ve put in place for him and he’s decided that this is the best place for him,” he said.
“He likes the way we work here, he enjoys training and there’s a good group of players here. This is the place he wants to be.”
“We’ll get to work on 1 July and put that plan in practise. We’re expecting big things from him.”
Caution before optimism
West Ham need to be cautious with any player and stay clear of anything, which puts them under additional pressure.
It’s a bit too early to say which younger players could have an impact next season because Slaven Bilic hasn’t had a chance to work with the players in pre-season and we’ve not had a chance to judge the way he sets up his teams.
Cresswell is a great example
Cresswell is a great example of a player that Neufville should be looking to emulate over the next couple of years.
Cresswell was named as West Ham’s player of the season in the last campaign and is someone who embodies everything a modern day full-back should be in terms of defence and attack.
A loan deal is the best option
West Ham should look at getting him out on loan if a deal is possible, which will give him first team experience, which can be more valuable than another season in the under-21 season, in terms of his physical and mental development.