West Ham revealed on Tuesday that promising defender Ajibola ‘Aji’ Alese had committed to a new contract.
Alese has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal, with the option for a further year. He can operate as both a centre-half and a left-back, which appears to fit perfectly with the way David Moyes utilises both a back four and back three, depending on the fixture.
The Englishman made his debut for the Hammers in September as they thrashed Hull City 5-1 in the third round of the EFL Cup.
Football.london‘s Sam Inkersole awarded him an eight out of 10 for his performance that night, writing that he ‘never looked overawed’.
In January, the 20-year-old was sent on loan to League Two promotion-chasers Cambridge United to gain more experience of the men’s game.
He has largely been a substitute at the Abbey Stadium, but did start last weekend in a 4-2 win against Oldham Athletic.
Alese has also caught the eye of England’s youth set-up. Having captained his country’s Under-16s in the past, he was called up to represent the Under-20s last October.
These West Ham fans were delighted to see Alese put pen to paper
“Moyes is already doing great moves before the window started”
“Love seeing promising players come through the academy & sign a first-team contract”
“Great news. Very talented lad”
“Great news, looked brilliant pre-season.”
“Brightens up my day”
“That’s a vote of confidence for Alese. Be interesting to see how he develops & whether he’s moved into a LB role in the future.”
In other news, this Hammer’s agent issued a worrying update.
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