Three young talents who could break into West Ham first team

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic during training

It's a new era in East London with West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium but can Slaven Bilic instil some fresh blood with youngsters at his disposal.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

With West Ham United's added commitments this season, with potential Europa League group-stage football to consider, Slaven Bilic will likely need to call upon his whole squad for the season ahead.

HITC Sport has looked at three young stars who could make the most of the opportunity by forcing their way into Bilic's plans this term. 

Reece Oxford 

Oxford broke onto the scene on the opening day of last season away to Arsenal where the 16 year-old impressed immensely in West Ham's 2-0 victory.

The teenager was regularly part of Bilic's matchday squad throughout the campaign and gained more minutes against Leicester City, Liverpool, Aston Villa as well as in important victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. However, the academy star also featured regularly for the Under-21s and captained the side when he was involved. 

For a young man he certainly has a huge amount of experience which will play to his advantage when Bilic comes to selecting his squads. The 17 year-old has already featured this term in the Europa League with him starting in the club's first game in the Olympic Stadium against NK Domzale. 

How can he break through? Versatile - can play in midfield and defence. His calmness and intelligence on the ball is also a major asset.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action with West Ham's Reece Oxford
Reece Burke 

Like Oxford, Burke is a young player with tremendous experience. The centre-back was loaned out for the whole of the 2015-16 campaign to Bradford City where he impressed immensely throughout his time in Yorkshire, making 33 appearances and scoring twice. The defender ultimately won seven accolades during his spell at the club including their Player of the Year award. 

No doubt a year in League One will have allowed Burke to gain vital experience, and Bilic is aware of the talent he has, giving the 19-year-old a glowing reference at the back end of last season.

How can he break through? With any injuries to Winston Reid, James Collins or Angelo Ogbonna he could be in the pipeline, especially with extra Europa League football duties.

West Ham's Reece Burke in action

Lewis Page

Page does not have as much experience as Oxford and Burke, but the full-back has had a stint in first-team league football with Cambridge United last campaign, making six appearances before returning to help West Ham United Under-21s win the Premier League Cup trophy.

Though Bilic is searching for left-back cover in the transfer market, the injury to Aaron Cresswell has opened the door for Page to be given an opportunity if called upon. 

An attack-minded left-back similar to Cresswell with fantastic energy and range of passing, Page will be looking to be in Bilic's plan. He featured in the Europa League last season, starting three games, as well as being on the bench for the club's first game at the Olympic Stadium against NK Domzale.

How can he break through?
It will only take another injury to Sam Byram or current-right back Michail Antonio for Page is considered. 

FC Astra's Fernando Boldrin in action with West Ham's Lewis Page

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