Westley feels West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has judged the balance in training between the club’s senior players and youth products well, which leaves the youngsters at the club with inspiration heading into the new season.
“It’s been the perfect pre-season for us. The cohesion with the first team, working with the senior players and being involved in the Europa League first qualifying round was good for our young players to get that recognition,” he told whufc.com.
“It was a chance for them to show the manager what they can do.”
Youngsters have a key role to play
The younger players at West Ham have a key role to play over the next year because they create a number of positives for the first team boss.
Bilic will need to draw on his younger players at some stage in the season because the games will come thick and fast, especially if the club complete their qualification aim to be part of the Europa League group stage.
There are going to be situations where there isn’t much turnaround time between matches and it will be difficult for the senior players to play up to three times inside the same week frequently.
A real opportunity
Any West Ham youngster with ambition to make a name for himself should sense an opportunity in that and should be determined to get onto the front foot and create a positive situation for himself.
There are good young options in all areas of West Ham’s academy, but it’s down to those individuals to force Bilic’s hand in terms of team selection.