How long before West Ham's Luka Belic is pushing for a first-team place?

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West Ham United signed the Serbian teenager last summer.

Back in September, West Ham United signed young Serbian midfielder Luka Belic from OFK Beograd and given his age it is no surprise he has had to wait patiently for his first-team chance.

While summer signings Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini have all become integral for Hammers manager Slaven Bilic, Belic has used his first season in England to settle into his new surroundings and get some matches under his belt for the under-21s.

While injury has curtailed his progress at times, Belic has shown glimpses for West Ham's second string of his innate talent and next season could be when he starts delivering the level of performance that could ultimately cause Bilic a selection headache.

After all, the attacking midfielder is the youngest player ever to appear in the Serbian top flight, at just 16, and while he has acknowledged the considerable step up since joining West Ham’s academy he has the talent to be a future Hammers star in the same way as Martin Samuelsen.

So far this season Belic has one goal and one assists in six under-21 appearances and it would be foolish to expect too much too soon.

But if he can have a good summer and head out for pre-season with West Ham's first-team, he could seize the opportunity to impress and never look back.

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