West Ham United's Sead Haksabanovic on bench for Montenegro last night

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 can't get a look-in for West Ham United's Premier League squads.

Emir Kujovic Sead Haksabanovic and during the IFK Norrkoping vs Halmstad BK - Allsvenskan match at Nya Parken on October 25, 2015 in Norrkoping, Sweden.

It's unlikely that many West Ham United fans would've tuned in to watch Montenegro's World Cup qualifying defeat by Denmark on Thursday. But those who did might have spotted a familiar name in Montenegro's squad: Sead Haksabanovic.

The 18-year-old midfielder joined West Ham for £2.7 million in the summer but he is the only pre-season signing yet to play in the Premier League for them. In fact, the highly-rated prospect hasn't even been named in a matchday squad for a league game by manager Slaven Bilic as of yet.

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...

He made his debut in the 3-0 League Cup win over Bolton last month and did show promising signs of getting into the game in spite of a slow start, but Bilic withdrew him after an hour and the teenager hasn't been seen since.

But it's interesting that Haksabanovic - who has one cap for his country - can make the squad for World Cup qualifiers but he's nowhere to be seen at West Ham.

Slaven Bilic applauds his fans at the end of the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

More significantly, we know Bilic to be a manager who is only too happy to give young players a chance to shine, having given Premier League debuts to a 16-year-old Reece Oxford and 18-year-old Declan Rice over the past three years.

It is worth noting that international teams have a bigger matchday squad than club teams, with Haksabanovic one of 12 players on the bench last night.

There is nothing to suggest Bilic has done anything wrong here - perhaps the Croat feels he simply isn't ready - but it is interesting to see him involved in his country's squad for a huge game (victory would've seen them take a big step to securing a playoff spot in World Cup qualifying) and rarely seen for his club.

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