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Lopetegui to benefit from Moyes decision

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Incoming West Ham manager Julen Lopetegui will have been delighted to see George Earthy score for West Ham against Luton at the London Stadium.

David Moyes’s successor will be fully aware that his reputation for not promoting young players has followed him to West Ham, putting him under pressure to integrate some of the Hammers’ youth.

Earthy’s goalscoring cameo in this afternoon’s Premier League game makes that task easier. The academy star not only showed excellent awareness in scoring but also demonstrated good touch and technique throughout the game. His technical ability has never been in question but his physical development has been quicker than many at the club expected.

Lopetegui is known as a possession-based coach, and he will be pleased to see a player so comfortable on the ball emerging from the West Ham academy. Since Moyes has already given Earthy first-team experience, he won’t need to acclimate to senior football next season, and I expect him to join the first-team squad for pre-season training.

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  • Ken Paveley says:

    Well done, George – love to see some youth given a chance 👍
    Hope Freddie Potts gets a chance next season, apparently been outstanding at Wycombe with multiple awards including player of the season.
    If he turns out half as good as his Dad, we’ll have a Diamond !
    Steve Potts in my top ten favourite Hammers of all time 👍⚒

  • Billy says:

    Moyes must have given more debuts to young players than I can ever remember previous managers doing. They have to take their chance when given and Earthy has done exactly that. Good luck to the lad.

  • David Green says:

    Billy on the p*** ?
    Maybe after 90th minute.
    If Moyes had dared to introduce some youngsters during his spell he would have endured himself to the fans more but the fraud never would.

  • Dave says:

    Not sure what matches you’ve been watching Billy……….

  • Billy says:

    Kaelan Casey
    George Earthy
    Levi Laing
    Divin Mubama
    Kamarai Swyer
    Ollie Scarles
    Armstrong Okofkex
    Freddie Potts
    Keenan Appiah Forson
    Sonny Perkins
    Dan Chester’s
    Jamal Baptiste
    Nathan trott
    Emanuel Longelo
    Ajibola Alese
    Harrison Ashby

    Maybe others I can’t think of. All given first team debuts in one game or another, Europe or cups or whatever under Moyes over the last few years. Obviously some not good enough and some moved on to other clubs but it is what it is.

    • Gary Rutland says:

      Excellent reply Billy. People don’t bother to check facts most of the time, just follow their own knee-jerk confirmation biases. A short while ago people were raving about Perkins, Longelo, Ashby & more & what a fool Moyes was to let them go. Where are they now? Out on loan in Championship, League One & Two teams often not even playing regularly for them! Yesterday Luton had two ex-Hammers products, Burke & Ruddock, decent players both but not Premiership quality. Good on you for presenting some facts instead of just repeating the usual anti-Moyes nonsense. Less than 3% of Acadamy players make the Prem, let’s hope Earthy’s one of them. And in the meantime enjoy his special moment. Given to him by David Moyes. I should think George will always have kind words for him. COYI!

      • Tezzard says:

        It’s well documented that we have given a total of 80 pl minutes to homegrown players under 21 this season, way less that most clubs , despite having a well documented very good crop of players.

        Something isn’t right

      • Alan Nicholls says:

        Excellent reply Billy.
        Moyes knows what’s what…
        That’s football.
        4 years no relegation , top 10
        Decent Euro trophy.
        You Moyes Out guys are too young!
        Sincerely hope I’m wrong.
        There’s no space above us apart from Villa and Newcastle.
        This site talks champions league during cricket season.

  • Roger Peek says:

    At last some people able & willing to look at the facts. The youngsters who have departed showed potential but haven’t realised that potential. eg Diangana – good championship player but not PL. Similarly Ashby; Nagakia not good enough for Watford etc etc. Mibuma hasn’t progressed since last year. It must be remembered that the manager has the advantage of seeing the players in training very day. The armchair critics don’t have that same knowledge.

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