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Youth star eyes first-team path trodden by Oxford

Joshua Okotcha has his eyes firmly set on becoming a first-team player at West Ham!

The young centre-back was just 15 when he made his debut for the club’s Under-23 team in October, and recently made his Premier League 2 bow, playing 78 minutes against Sunderland and earning praise from Terry Westley in the process. 

And Okotcha has now revealed that he has set his sights on reaching even further heights, having seen Declan Rice and Reece Oxford move through the world-famous West Ham academy system before him.

He told the club’s website: “Guys like Reece and Declan, I really look up to them. They graduated from the Academy at really young ages and played for the first team, and that’s what I want to do.

“They are both really comfortable on the ball as well. They can both play in midfield as well as defence and are really happy in possession. I think that shows how important being happy with the ball is, and it’s something I want to keep working on.”

Okotcha has played 10 times for the Under-18 team this season.

About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.
 

3 comments on “Youth star eyes first-team path trodden by Oxford

  1. Slightly at a tangent to this article, but when can we expect Holland back? Would love to see him get on the bench this season.

    Also, Marcus Brown, who has searing pace, is back in the fold after getting fit. Is there any chance we’ll see him get near the first team before the season ends?

    • Holland should be back by end of month from what he said end of Feb.
      Marcus had a great game other day we here got the point for U23s.
      Would like to see both of them get a chance w 10-20m at end of game.
      Holland got injured at worse time bc he might got on made a break thru.
      Still think he will he is the most naturally talented in U23s says Westley has the pace & fearless.
      So hope they both get sometime.

      But glad having young CBs coming they Vashon looks very good too. Hope we keep investing in Academy.

  2. Rice, oxford , brown, dianganna, Martinez , Samuelson, Holland, quinna, etc !! apart from rice I can’t see many getting the nod with Moyes dealing with transfers , its a results business and I can’t see Them getting the game time ! Dribs and drabs in cup games maybe ? If we end up with 2-3 breaking through in the next few seasons that will be it !! Its how it is ,

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