West Ham manager Slaven Bilic
It may have been a difficult season for the Hammers but the future looks bright with a crop of talented young players coming through the ranks.
The club has failed to build on the record breaking farewell season at the Boleyn Ground - where they finished just four points off the Champions League places - and could finish as low as 16th with defeat to Burnley in the season finale on Sunday.
As yet none this season none of the club's clutch of promising young players have been used in the first team much to the frustration of supporters proud of the club's Academy roots.
The likes of Reece Oxford, Reece Burke, Domingos Quina, Josh Cullen, Martin Samuelsen, Toni Martinez and Declan Rice have not progressed into the first team picture, although injuries may see development side captain Rice make his debut at Turf Moor.
Fans feel other clubs are doing a better job at bringing their young players through and West Ham are one of only six clubs not to have given a single minute of game time to a teenager this season.
West Ham co chairman David Gold
And they were angered further by the response of co-owner Gold when it was put to him that the youngsters should be getting more of a chance.
"I think we all have to accept that it is extremely unlikely that a teenager will break into a Premier League team full of seasoned internationals," Gold said on Twitter.
"Playing teenagers doesn't guarantee success. Hull came fifth (in the table of players with the most teenagers) and got relegated. Chelsea came last and won the league.
"Sam (Allardyce) played the teenagers at Nottingham Forest and we got beat 5-0," he said.
West Ham United's Reece Oxford, Reece Burke and Marcus Browne in training
I think we all have to except that it is extremely unlikely that a teenager will break into a PL team full of seasoned international. dg https://t.co/R0c1SimdVr— David Gold (@davidgold) May 20, 2017
Playing teenagers doesn't guarantee success. Hull came 5th and got relegated. Chelsea came last and won the league. dg https://t.co/oFxJOyH2FE— David Gold (@davidgold) May 20, 2017
Sam played the teenagers at Nottingham Forest and we got beat 5-0. dg https://t.co/tMfjx1oHjd— David Gold (@davidgold) May 20, 2017
Not only do Gold's comments represent a seismic shift in the outlook of a club that has always prided itself producing players for the first team and national side.
But it will also discourage those young players and make other talented youngsters think twice about persuing a career with the Hammers.
Needless to say his comments provoked an angry response from the club's supporters on Twitter with the deadline for season ticket renewals just a week away.
@davidgold Everton gave the most minutes and finished above us. Calvert lewin forced Enner Valencia out the team.— Ross (@RossWoolward) May 20, 2017
@davidgold Kane, Alli & Rashford got given a chance and they took it. What's the point in having good young players if they aren't being given a chance— West Ham Rage (@WestHamRage) May 20, 2017
@davidgold Not playing teenagers doesn't guarantee success. Boro played no teenagers and got relegated. Everton came top and finished 7th.— Geo Mackie (@redhammer8) May 20, 2017
@davidgold You won't know unless you try them either. The seniors getting hammered so many times this season suggests it might be worth a go at least.— Chalk Press Agency. (@Chalk_Press) May 20, 2017
@davidgold Playing internationals doesn't either... We may finish 16th yet!!— Mr B0N3Z (@MR_B0N3Z) May 20, 2017
@davidgold Signing bang average players and making false promises doesn't guarantee success either— Let's Talk Football (@LTS_FootyTalk) May 20, 2017
@davidgold What do you think our young players think reading this tweet— Paul greed (@paul_greed) May 20, 2017
@davidgold It's about giving them a chance David and integrating them in the first team squad.— Ian Long (@longy_whu) May 20, 2017
@davidgold But we aint getting success regardless? So why not take a risk, no1 is saying play 11 teenagers, but give people a chance— James Field (@jamesfield2012) May 20, 2017
@davidgold You just can't generalise like that. Spurs have youngest average team in the league— Andy Ellis (@ndy_ellis) May 20, 2017