West Ham supporters must be very much looking forward to the new era at their club following the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini as the new Hammers chief back in May.
The Chilean takes over from David Moyes at the London Stadium following his departure at the end of the 2017/18 season, this all despite leading the East London outfit to a 13th place finish in the Premier League. Nevertheless, the club’s hierarchy decided against extending his stay as manager and instead drafted in ex-Manchester City boss Pellegrini, who of course led the Citizens to the league title during his stint in charge at the Etihad Stadium.
Thus, there are many excited and expectant Hammers fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are wondering who the next young sensation will be to break-out from the ranks and become a first-team regular at the Premier League club.
And with striker Jordan Hugill reportedly interesting several Championship sides after his tough time in East London, the opportunity could be there for 21-year-old Toni Martinez to finally break into the senior squad.
Ultimately, 26-year-old Hugill made the move to West Ham back in the winter window in a bid to provide Moyes with the firepower needed to avoid Premier League relegation, only for the ex-Preston North End man to muster just 22 minutes of league football in the second half of the season.
And having failed to convince of his qualities during his short stint at the London Stadium, it appears that he could be on his way out this summer, which is news sure to delight 21-year-old sensation Martinez.
Ultimately, the striker appears full of goal-scoring ability having netted an extraordinary 25 goals in just 29 appearances for the club’s development side in Premier League 2, 19 of which coming last term in their run to fifth place in PL2 Division One.
Yes, the Spaniard has so far been unable to translate that remarkable goal-scoring form into league football, having struggled at Oxford United and Real Valladolid in recent times, but surely it’s just a matter of time before he starts netting in league football as well.
And at the age of 21, having ultimately flopped on loan in the last few years, now is the time for Martinez to step up and produce the goods his potential suggests he has, which is why news that Hugill could be leaving the club this summer may seriously benefit Martinez in his quest to break into the Hammers first team for good.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!