West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their side seeking to improve upon their underwhelming 13th place finish last time round.
The Hammers struggled for much of the campaign and were certainly embroiled in a relegation battle for much of it, to the point that Slaven Bilic lost his job back in October. And it was up to David Moyes to come in and move the club away from the bottom three, and he did just that in leading the East London outfit to a 13th place finish, although it wasn’t enough to earn him the job on a longer term basis as he left at the expiration of his contract.
And he has since been succeeded by Manuel Pellegrini, much to the excitement of West Ham fans up and down the country, several of whom are wondering who the next star could be to emerge from the club’s youth ranks, having seen Declan Rice do just that in recent times.
And based on his efforts for the club’s Under-18 side last term, 17-year-old wonderkid Reece Hannam could well be the next star to come up through one of the world’s most famous academies.
The left back was a regular in the Under-18 team during the 2016/17 campaign in appearing 22 times for the side, yet it was last season in which he really took it up another notch by laying on five assists in just 13 appearances in the South division of the Under-18 Premier League.
In fact, that tally was the most of any Hammers player that turned out for the Under-18s last term to underline how important he was to the team over the course of the season, at the same time suggesting that he has the offensive capabilities which have seemingly become a requirement of the modern-day full back.
Add in the fact that Hannam earned two appearances for the Under-23s in Premier League 2 earlier this year, starting against both Manchester United and Sunderland (and laying on an assist in the former clash), and it’s clear that he is well thought-of at the London Stadium, and as such could well be destined for big things in the not-too-distant future.
And with Rice making his way up into the first team last term, the 17-year-old could well be the next star to emerge out of the West Ham youth ranks.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!