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Hammer leaves for Man City

West Ham U18 promising left-back Joshua Wilson-Esbrand is set to leave the Hammers for Manchester City Academy. The 16-year-old made his Under-18s debut in March 2018 against Spurs and made 15 appearances last season for the U18’s while on a two-year scholarship with the Hammers Academy.

He has represented England at both Under-15’s and Under-16’s level.

The news was broken by ExWhuemployee on Phoenix FM West Ham Way radio show on Wednesday.

Wilson-Esbrand is probably unknown to the vast majority of West Ham fans so it difficult to pass judgement as to whether we are losing a potential star but just as many youngsters come from top-six academies in the other direction to get a better chance of first-team football than they would get in a top-six youth setup. The prime example of that is Declan Rice who left Chelsea’s academy to join West Ham and made his own piece of Premier League history.

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter