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West Ham youngster Lewis Page excited by Europa League debut

The Hammers are set for a tie against FC Lusitans with several youngsters featuring.

West Ham youngster Lewis Page has told the club’s official website it will mean everything to him to make his first team debut in the Europa League.

The Hammers are set to take on FC Lusitans in the Europa League first qualifying round leg first tie on Thursday as they seek to reach the competition's group stages.

Academy manager Terry Westley will be in charge of the team for the game and confirmed that several youngsters will be making their debuts and Page is among them.

The youngster is naturally excited and says getting an appearance will be unbelievable.

“It means everything to know I’ll be making my first team debut,” he told WHUFC.com

“It’s everything I dreamed of when I was younger and to get an appearance for West Ham will be unbelievable. It’s a big game for the Club and hopefully we can get the result we want. “

Looking to impress a new boss

While new boss Slaven Bilic will not be in charge for the game, he will be in attendance to watch over his new side ahead of the new season.

The Europa League tie is coming early in the calendar, just over a month after the end of last season, meaning that the Hammers will be starting their campaign much earlier than everyone else.

They have been preparing for the tie with a training camp in England and Page says the more experienced players involved have been helping the youngsters through, while everyone is looking to impress their new boss.

“It was a good week of preparation in Ireland,” he added.

“The first team players in the group have helped us through it. They’ve always been there to talk to and answer any questions we’ve got. The new manager was watching last week and he’ll be at the game tonight so we’re all trying to impress.”

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