Hammers boss to give kids a chance Down Under


It’s going to be more than interesting to see how David Moyes plays things against Perth Glory tomorrow evening given that he has said this is a real opportunity for the younger players given the missing Hammers internationals.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference he declared that everywhere we go at the moment, the numbers are incredible .

But he added that he didn’t think travelling halfway around the world would ever be the best way to prepare for pre-season but that the PL was a global league.

Then he added: “We don’t have all our international players with us  so it’ll be a great opportunity for our young players and the senior players we have with us just now.

The first-team squad who have not been involved in international fixtures over June and early July returned to pre-season training on Thursday 6 July. The likes of Jarrod Bowen, Danny Ings, Kurt Zouma, Aaron Cresswell, Łukasz Fabiański, Pablo Fornals and Angelo Ogbonna have all travelled to Australia.

Pre-season also provides manager David Moyes and his coaching staff to take a closer look at the developing talent in the Academy of Football. Divin Mubama, Levi Laing, Freddie Potts, Kamarai Swyer and George Earthy are among the young Hammers who are in Perth.

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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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