Are West Ham United producing enough players from their youth academy?
West Ham United are an historic club who have produced some of the finest English players.
The London outfit pride themselves on their great academy, having produced the likes of Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick.
In recent years, though, the Hammers have struggled to produced top-class players from their academy.
Mark Noble is still a key player at West Ham, but it is hard to see who can follow in the footsteps of the English midfielder.
West Ham co-chairman David Gold has given his take on teenagers and youth-team prospects struggling to hold down a regular place in the first team on social networking site Twitter, which has led to the fans having a debate on the situation.
I said, it’s hard but not impossible for a teenager to hold down a regular first team place at a PL club. I can’t remember the last West Ham teenager that held down a first team position (25 games in a season) I think you would have to go back quite a while. dg https://t.co/h99u2Rldvy— David Gold (@davidgold) January 3, 2018
Sorry to bring this up again David but it was you I believe that told us, that it was unlikely that younger players would have a career at WHU, a lot of fans believe that the owners are going to sell any players that will give you a profit asap— Bob austin (@bobaustin65) January 3, 2018
Our great youth system died about 12 years ago. Think nobes was last one that came through— Darren (@dalboy81) January 3, 2018
Because ours clearly aren't good enough bar Rice?— Sam Puncher (@sam_puncher) January 3, 2018
We are too scared of allowing the youngsters to play in fear or being relegated. And the managers are worried about getting the sack if we lose a couple of games.— andyc (@CairneyAndy) January 4, 2018
James Tomkins?— Richard Collins (@Richie_1809) January 3, 2018
Probably because you don't invest in youth David or have you forget that your the chairman that's supposed to make these things happen— Harry houdini (@BenJSpelling) January 3, 2018
It seems that our home grown talent is over looked because it’s not fashionable to have them in your 1st team. They will make mistakes but not as many as you for not playing them.— Simon maisey (@SimaiseySimon) January 3, 2018
The game has changed. What fans forget is in the Premiership we can't afford to try to bring on youngsters when every match is a battle to survive the season. We need experience now. COYI— Killer Heels (@KillerHeels_UK) January 4, 2018
We have had some terrific youngsters recently: Rice, Oxford and Burke, but very little game time for them. When the show such promise they need to be given experience, even if It's only from the bench, to build for the future— Ken Nutt (@KMN42c) January 4, 2018
West Ham will return to action this evening when they take on Tottenham Hotspur away from home at the Wembley Stadium in London.
The Hammers are 16th in the league table at the moment with 21 points from as many matches.
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