Could Sead Haksabanovic be West Ham's wildcard against boyhood club Tottenham?

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns on September 16, 2017 in West Bromwich,...

West Ham United face fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur without their talismanic Manuel Lanzini on Saturday.

Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London Stadium on May 5,...

The Hammers entertain Spurs at the London Stadium just four months after ending their title challenge there.

Lanzini got the only goal of the game that day but the Argentine playmaker will not be fit to repeat his heroics this time around.

Without him West Ham lack a skilful creative spark in the middle of the pitch and it has been evident since the start of the season.

So could young Sead Haksabanovic - a low key signing from Swedish side Halmstads - be given the chance to fill Lanzini's boots against the North Londoners as something of a wildcard?

Jeff King of Bolton Wanderers tackles Sead Haksabanovic of West Ham United during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at The London Stadium on...Sead Haksabanovic in action on his West Ham debut

The diminutive 18-year-old has a tricky name and the skills to match and impressed on his Hammers debut in the 3-0 win over Bolton in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

The Montenegro international clearly possesses the ability to hold his own in the English top flight but there will be question marks over his diminutive frame.

That did not hold Lanzini back, though, as West Ham fans have witnessed over the last two seasons.

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns on September 16, 2017 in West Bromwich,...

For a central midfielder Haksabanovic knows where the goal is. From 46 games for Halmstads, the skilful playmaker has netted 10 goals by the age of 18 and plenty of assists along the way too. They are impressive stats for one so young and perhaps the reason West Ham have decided to take a chance on the youngster.

Lanzini is not expected to return until after the next international break so Haksabanovic could have announced himself at the perfect time.

If Bilic does roll the dice on Haksabanovic against Spurs it would be a sweet irony given the teenager reportedly supported Tottenham growing up in Sweden.

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