Mavila has recently been included in the pre-season training schedule as the first team gets ready for the return of the Premier League and he’s not been shy in terms of selling how much of a help Sakho has been to him personally and the other youngsters at the club.
“Diafra has been really, really nice to us, all the younger lads. In Ireland, he would come out of his hotel room and come into ours to talk to us,” he told whufc.com.
“His main advice really was to be selfish. You have to play for the team of course, but at the same time you have to show what you can do. You have to remember that it’s your career.”
A sound piece of advice from Sakho?
It’s important for any teenager looking to break into the West Ham senior ranks to be able to show what they can do on an individual level.
However, that can’t override a need to buy into Slaven Bilic’s team philosophy so it’s all about getting a good balance for a player in Mavila’s situation, who will be looking to impress over the next couple of weeks.
Will he get a chance at West Ham?
The Premier League comes too soon and Bilic isn’t in a position where he can afford to take many risks.
Mavila needs to stay fit and stay sharp in pre-season training and then excel when he gets chances for the youth ranks.
If he’s consistent he could find himself featuring in a lower profile competition for the Hammers and that’s where he can show off what he can do at senior level.