West Ham fans slam David Gold after disparaging tweets about club's youngsters

West Ham co chairman David Gold

West Ham United fans have hit out at co-owner David Gold on Twitter after he made a disparaging comment about the club's youngsters.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest 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 GoldWest 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 during trainingWest Ham United's Reece Oxford, Reece Burke and Marcus Browne in training

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. 

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