Jack Collison hails West Ham youngster as one to watch for the future on Twitter

West Ham's Jack Collison goes off after sustaining an injury

Former West Ham United favourite Jack Collison has hailed one of the club's youngsters as one to watch for the future.

West Ham's Jack Collison goes off after sustaining an injuryFormer West Ham hero Jack Collison goes off after sustaining an injury

Former West Ham United fan favourite Jack Collison has hailed one of the club's youngsters as one to watch for the future.

Collison played 105 games for the Hammers, scoring 11 goals, including crucial strikes in the Championship Play-Off semi-final victory over Cardiff City in 2012.

After graduating to the West Ham first team from the club's famous academy under Alan Curbishley, Collison was one of the hottest prospects around.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesCollison under then-Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola

But a series of devastating injuries restricted his playing time and he was forced to retire this year aged just 27.

The former Wales international - who has been training to be a sports journalist - has been coaching Peterborough United's Under-21 side.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicFocused on the future: West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

And when some of his young charges took on his old club recently in a pre-season friendly he got a first-hand look at the emerging talent which could be at Slaven Bilic's disposal in the coming years.

Collison took to Twitter to sing the praise of Academy star Alfie Lewis after the match.

"Young Alfie Lewis looked like he could be one to watch for the Hammers... Very cultured," Collison said.

West Ham's Dimitri PayetHammers hero Dimitri Payet

Lewis, a 16-year-old England youth international, has already been at West Ham for nearly a decade, and he marked the impressive milestone back in May by committing his future to the Hammers, as reported by the club's official website.

For those who have not yet seen the midfielder in action, who better to describe his style of play than the man himself?

“I’m a player that likes to get the ball; I like to get it down and make things happen," Lewis told whufc.com.

The teenager said he loves watching and learning from Hammers clubmate Dimitri Payet and players like Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Real Madrid star Luka Modric.

Hammers fans will be hoping that he can develop into a star who in the future can shine anywhere near as bright as those group of players.

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