Collison suggests Kevin Keen was vital figure in his career at West Ham

Former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison has stressed the importance of the club having good coaches at all youth levels.

Former West Ham United midfielder Jack Collison explained to talkSPORT the positive effect that Kevin Keen had on him during the early part of his career.

The former Hammer has suggested that it’s important for the club’s youngsters that Sam Allardyce and the club’s owners make the right choices with those given the responsibility of handling the younger players at the club.

“For me it took the likes of Kevin Keen who was in and around the first team to say ‘you are a good player, you can do this, work hard and you’ll get your chance’ and for me that was massive,” said Collison.

Younger players at any club are more vulnerable in terms of their confidence and if they aren’t coached in the right way and in the right manner, they can suffer mentally which works against them.

Collison has previously admitted that he was shocked by the standard at West Ham when he originally moved from the youth section Cambridge.

Had he not been handled in the correct way by Keen, he may have slipped off the pace, away from the limelight and eventually released far earlier than he was done.

West Ham have one of the best youth systems in the country with proven success in terms of developing players over the last few seasons.

It’s sustainable and very positive for the club and they need to ensure they have approachable and positive coaches at all levels of the club.

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