Ahead of the January transfer window, new West Ham manager David Moyes has suggested he would be looking into bringing a couple of youth players into the senior team, rather than spending on new players.
It’s expected that the board supports the former Sunderland boss when the market re-opens, but he appears to be nursing other ideas having claimed: “I’ve just come back from India and watched the England Under-17’s and I thought they were terrific.
“I think there has to be a way forward for young players to get into teams. And possibly the squads in the Premier League are now over-cluttered and maybe ours could be as well.
“So maybe we have to find ways and room to get young players in.”
Despite handing Reece Oxford a starting spot against Arsenal on the opening weekend of the campaign 2 seasons ago, erstwhile Hammers boss Slaven Bilic hesitated to give youngsters a chance this term.
There have been constant calls to hand under-23 striker Toni Martínez opportunity at senior level, with his 8 Premier League 2 goals more than any player in the competition this term.
Spending £40million on 2 forwards in the summer has yielded the Hammers just 11 league goals, and giving the likes of Martinez a chance is long overdue.
Moyes is showing courage where Bilic wanted to “wait for an opportunity”, and that could prove to be the difference between both managers’ reigns at the helm of the club.