Bilic keen to blood the youngsters


RiceSlaven Bilic is ready willing and eager to blood the club’s youngsters.

West Ham has been regularly accused of not giving the academy products a chance but the manager has made it clear he is ready to do so.

He said: “Josh Cullen had a fantastic season at Bradford. Reece Burke went to Wigan but unfortunately he got injured.

“Unfortunately, Reece Oxford, who is a fantastic talent, it was our aim for him to go on loan in the Championship and he went to Reading but unfortunately he didn’t play enough.

“On top of that we have two fantastic talents who are younger than them in Domingos Quina and Declan Rice, who are doing really good.

“For me, they all have a future, although we have three centre-backs, so it’s going to be hard for them all to knock on the door and play for West Ham very, very soon.

“It’s up to them. They’ve been training with us and now it’s about time for them to play.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • master says:

    good words, back it up every once in a while. 10-15 mins every 3/4 games for a random (and deserving) youngster would go down well with most fans.

  • Boogabenson says:

    +2 master but goes against what gold said less than 2 weeks ago.

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