Hammers academy defender Jamal Baptiste has returned to action after five months when playing during an under-21s’ Premier League International Cup tie.
The highly regarded centre-back made his first appearance for the under-21s and will be relieved to have come through the game unscathed.
Baptiste may well be the most promising youngster to come out of the academy since Declan Rice according the many sources.
The 19-year-old defender played the entirety of West Ham’s Europa League game for the first-team during a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in the final group stage game.
Baptiste also made the bench for the first leg of the Europa Conference League win over Viborg in August.
Last Friday, Baptiste made his return to action for the club’s academy, precisely five months after his most recent appearance as a late substitute during a heavy defeat to Manchester City in September.
Mark Robson’s 21’s side played Monaco, which saw the Hammers lose 2-1 to the French side in their final match of this season’s Premier League International Cup.
It was a heavily rotated team which saw six players to come in, including Baptiste, who’d played for 75 minutes before being replaced by Levi Laing.
I would be more worried if Kehrer was fit !
Another rising star that Moyes will allow to leave for a pittance!!