Huddersfield Town head coach Jan Siewert admits that he admires West Ham United’s commitment to young players ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at the London Stadium, as reported by Examiner Live.
The Hammers boast one of the most successful academies in British football and their graduates made up a strong core of England internationals during the 2000s, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson all honing their trade in claret and blue.
The likes of Mark Noble, Grady Diangana and the hugely talented Declan Rice are currently key players in West Ham’s squad and could all feature against bottom of the table Huddersfield tomorrow.
And, speaking ahead of the game, Siewert has paid tribute to West Ham’s ability to develop youth – which should be no surprise given his previous job was in charge of the Borussia Dortmund reserves.
“I think that they developed quite well in terms of bringing youth academy players up,” Siewert said, admitting that he is keen to see Huddersfield take a leaf out of West Ham’s book.
"This is an interesting thing for me and I gave the comparison to West Ham where there are academy players who are now playing really strongly I would say.
"We have to focus on that and we have to make our minds up about what's happening within the club, the structure for the future, to look how this club can be, how we could perform, how our playing style is."
Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham are ninth in the Premier League table while Huddersfield are stuck in the relegation zone, 16 points from safety with just eight games remaining.
Unfortunately for Siewert, relegation is looking like a case of ‘when’ and not ‘if’.