It is make or break time for Connor Coventry this coming season.
The 22-year-old Hammer needs to break through to the first team or he is likely to follow in the footsteps of Nathan Holland out of the door.
The Republic of Ireland International joined the Hammers when he was ten years of age spending twelve years in the Academy.
Last season he was loaned to MK Dons where he was loved by their fans following previous loans to Lincoln City and Peterborough.
It is perhaps promising that he was one of just two Academy players pictured at Rush Green last Sunday when non-international first-team players reported back for duty.
He was pictured in the car park in the club’s official video walking towards to training building and has been featured since in St Andrews, Scotland coverage at the summer training camp.
With Mark Noble retired and Alex Kral poised to return to his parent club, the squad is bare when he comes to defensive midfielders.
Perhaps David Moyes may consider him as cover this season instead of loaning him out again.
Another loan would almost definitely signal the beginning of the end for Coventry which would be a shame.
He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Declan Rice and Ben Johnson in becoming a regular first-team squad player with Europe again on the horizon.