Doneil Henry: It is important West Ham’s youngsters stay positive

West Ham have a selection of talented youngsters who will be looking to break into the first-team this season.

Doneil Henry, who is on the path back to full fitness with West Ham, has told the official club website that the young players need to stay optimistic if they are to break into the first-team next season.

The Canadian centre-back said: “It’s important for us, especially the younger players who might not be in the team right away, to stay positive and optimistic that when the chance comes they can make the most of the opportunity.”

Whilst many teams may not want to utilise young, unproven players in the Premier League, the Hammers have the benefit of the Europa League to bed them in.

Entering the competition at the first qualification round means weak opponents, and the potential that the likes of Reece Burke, Reece Oxford and Elliot Lee will all be starting players.

Henry would be one of those players expected to feature in these early rounds, but the unfortunate injury which ended his 2014/15 season early is set to keep him out for a few more weeks yet.

This means the 22-year-old will be starting a few weeks behind his teammates in the search for first-team football, and his absence could result in him being out of the playing set-up.

Yet he has urged everyone to stay optimistic, and if he takes his own advice, it will surely not be too long before the talented defender is a regular starter for the East London club.

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