WHO Poll
Q: 2022/23 You are the Chairman what do you do with Moyes?
a. Stick with him obviously, he's delivered two good seasons back to back and will see us out of this dip in form
18%
  
b. If we're still lingering around the bottom three by the start of the WC then that's the time to get rid
39%
  
c. What are we waiting for 2 wins in the last 20 PL games is reason enough to sack him, go now
37%
  
d. I've just got my new Orange & White 3rd Kit with Moyesinho on the back, I can't wait to wear it down to the supermarket, they call me Mr West Ham around here
6%
  



LeroysBoots 8:25 Wed Dec 8
U23s
Does anyone watch these kids regularly ?

That Okoflex looks a sensational player yet never gets a sniff of a 1st team squad.

Yet again 3 more goals against Palace including 2 wonderful pens !

https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2021/december/07-december/highlights-crystal-palace-u23s-2-4-west-ham-united-u23s

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Haz 2:37 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
Presumably we see young Perkins tomorrow? Seems a no-brainer

Leeshere 2:29 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
Would like to see Chesters and Alese get a start Thursday. Think Steve Potts son plays in midfield for the under 23’s.

Athletico Easthamico 1:46 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
Alese looks really good. Comfortable on the ball and 6 foot 4.

But hardly got a kick on loan at Cambridge last season.
Seems Baptise is rated more highly?

As already said it seems kids have to be incredible to become a first teamer these days.

ludo21 12:37 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
Well, we will see tomorrow night as surely we aren't going to risk our only two fit CBs in a dead rubber?

WHUDeano 12:34 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
It must be almost impossible for a young player to break into a top 6 club these days. When you look at how much stronger the prem seemingly is, in comparison to the other leagues - look at how easily we've come through our Europa group.

To make the breakthrough at the top teams theoretically a young player almost instantly needs to be one of the top players in world football in his position. There is very little if any time for a youngster to find his feet and adapt. Ben Johnson has been lucky with injuries to players in front of him (plus he has the unique ability of being strong with both feet) and this season he has taken his chance - I still have my doubts about his forward play and distribution, but he's done enough to be given a proper chance now.

It's quite interesting how German clubs are now trying to hoover up the young English talent and give them a couple of years to develop. Obviously if an English player makes the grade over there, then the profits will be huge, and I'm guessing they don't have the same financial gaps between the top division and the rest.

Seems a shame there isn't more encouragement given to clubs to promote youngsters, though I guess in the modern game it would only be financial incentives that would convince the top level clubs to risk blooding more younger players.

paulon 12:27 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
It’s largely fake football at that level - watch the amount of time players are allowed on the ball

There’s a forward who Aston Villa have sent out to Carlisle this season who their lot have been calling the ‘next Jamie Vardy’ for a couple of seasons on the back of his U23 performances - he’s not got a goal yet in League 2 and has looked out of his depth most of the time

A few will come through but most of them are miles off it

Manuel 12:14 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
It seems these days you have to be Maradona and Messi rolled into one to break into the first team as a kid. It also seems as if the age bracket has gone up to for players breaking through, ie it seems to be 20/21 now, instead of 17/18..a bit like we have seen with Ben Johnson.

LeroysBoots 12:01 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
Watched that game, they are very much on the front foot

ak37 12:00 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
There’s a channel on YouTube called Rising Hammers. They show the U23’s highlights.
You can see there’s a definite strategy to play attacking football. The quality is surprisingly good.

Huffers 11:29 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
That would make sense. Maybe a poor choice of word from my mate then.

nich the d 11:28 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
I don't think it's a "ban" but rather that if an U23 is not named in the first team squad then they have to be at the club for 2 years before they can play in a UEFA tournament.

That's my understanding...

"Unfortunately he wasn’t registered for the Europa League and cannot be called up to the squad as he doesn’t count as a home-grown player."

That's from:

https://www.hammers.news/academy/west-ham-under-23-boss-mark-robson-raves-about-teenager-whos-a-massive-massive-threat/

Huffers 11:10 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
So I'm told by someone in the know with the youth stuff. We were discussing who is likely to play tomorrow and he said AOF can't play as he has a 2 year ban.

Fifth Column 11:01 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
Huffers

Okoflex has been banned for two years? Eh?

RoyalDocksGK 10:52 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
The u23s league is completely different to premier league. Arsenal have a kid up top who's scored and broken records for them and hasn't had a sniff.

We've had quite a few players who look good in the u23s who've gone out on loan or onto other clubs. Can't think of too many who've done that well.

Mipo odubeko went on loan to Huddersfield didn't he ? He was banging in goals for fun last season and earned his place on the bench a handful of times.

Huffers 9:05 Wed Dec 8
Re: U23s
Apparently he’s got a 2 year ban. I have no idea why, that’s just what I’ve been told. Not sure if it’s only UEFA competitions either.





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