West Ham coach names Under-23 trio who impressed in 3-0 loss, including January signing from Everton

West Ham United Head of Player Development Terry Westley looks on during the EFL Checkatrade Trophy match between Northampton Town and West Ham United at Sixfields Stadium on November 8,...

West Ham Under-23's lost 3-0 at home to Villarreal on Wednesday night.

West Ham United Head of Player Development Terry Westley looks on during the EFL Checkatrade Trophy match between Northampton Town and West Ham United at Sixfields Stadium on November 8,...

West Ham United coach Terry Westley has told the club's official website that he was impressed with three players during their Under-23 defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday night.

The Hammers first team claimed a narrow 1-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday afternoon, and the club's youngsters were in action on Wednesday night as Villarreal sent a team over to England during the international break.

Villarreal clinched an easy win in the Premier League International Cup, as Albert Dalmau hit a hat-trick at Victoria Road to consign the West Ham youngsters to defeat.

Nathan Holland of West Ham United and Phil Foden of Manchester City battle for possession during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur...

Such a heavy defeat may not give many coaches cause for optimism, but Under-23 coach Terry Westley has praised three players following Wednesday's loss.

Westley has told the club's official website that he felt winger Nathan Holland caused Villarreal real problems, and also praised left back Vashon Neufville and right back Ben Johnson for coming out of the game with credit.

“I think Nathan Holland caused them problems going the other way,” said Westley. “I think both full-backs in Vash [Neufville] and Ben [Johnson] came out on the credit side. I think those players in particular can think they held their own. The challenge is, with the other players, that’s the sort of level we’re talking about,” he added.

Vashon Neufville of England (r) holds off Kristi Marku of Scotland during the Victory Shield match between England U16 and Scotland U16 at Huish Park on November 20, 2014 in Yeovil,...

Winger Holland has really caught the eye for the Hammers youth ranks since signing from Everton in January of this year, and the youngster looks set for a big future having already made the bench for Slaven Bilic's first team.

Full backs Neufville and Johnson may not have received quite as much press as Holland in 2017, but they will be looking to kick on from their impressive Under-23 displays to push Pablo Zabaleta and Sam Byram at right back, and Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku at left back.

West Ham fans want to see more young players coming through the ranks just like the good old days, and we could soon see Holland, Neufville and Johnson around the first team alongside Declan Rice.

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