Luka Belic shocked by the standard of West Ham United's academy players

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Luke Belic signed for West Ham United during the summer transfer window.

Luka Belic has told West Ham United’s official site that he has been shocked by the standard of the club’s youngsters since arriving in the summer.

Belic was snapped up by the Hammers in the previous transfer window, after the Hammers were impressed by his performances for OFK Beograd in Serbia.

So far, the forward has not made his first team debut, but he has featured for the side’s under-21 side.

Belic started for West Ham’s development side against Exeter City in midweek, and he helped them to a 1-0 win in the contest.

The 19-year-old is currently returning from injury, and he put in an impressive display in the match.

However, Belic admits that he has been surprised by the standard of the Hammers youth products.

“We have a create chemistry in the squad, a lot of good players, I didn’t realise how good the standard was really going to be," he said. "It’s nice that West Ham has so many talented players, and I have made a lot of friends very quickly.”

West Ham have benefitted from the standard of their current youth squad already this season, with a number of youngsters being given first team opportunities.

Reece Oxford has starred in the Premier League, while a lot of their academy graduates were handed chances in their Europa League campaign earlier in the season.

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