Martinez can’t wait


Toni Martinez has one aim this season – to make it into the first team squad.

Having enjoyed a magnificent season which saw him score the two goals which landed promotion at Newcastle, Toni can’t wait for the season to start.

He said: “I am really excited to get going again and get back on the pitch ahead of the new season. martinezLast season was a fantastic season for me. I’m happy with my adaptation, with how I’ve coped playing a different style of football in a different country and I hope this season will be even better.”

“The loan at Oxford last season definitely helped develop me. To play professional football has been really useful and important. I feel now even more ready to help West Ham United to achieve our goals.”

“This pre-season, I hope the manager counts me in with pre-season, and if he does, I’ll be really looking forward to joining up and going away with them,” he continued.

“Not only that, but I hope to gain a place in the first team squad and help with my goals that I want to achieve.

“The aim for the season really for me has to be finally making my first team debut. Dec [Rice] was given his last season and that was really fantastic to see. The fact that the manager trusts Declan and potentially other young players is very motivating.

“I would love for the manager to consider me for a place in the team when he believes I’m ready.”

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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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  • James says:

    He seems like a level headed chap.Its good to read from a loanee how they felt their loan helped them.Its all well and good fans saying they shouldnt go on loan but surely it can only benefit someone like Toni.Its great to see his Oxford stay seemed productive.

    • markro says:

      I agree, he’s got his feet firmly on the ground and wants to learn.

      It would be good to see him get some first team game time at some point this season.

  • JRS says:

    He is James. And has been brilliant in winning PL2 pkayoffs .He isn’t called Two goal Toni for no reason. He came on strong and is fearless and clinical.unfortunately Slav went to not 1 game for under 23s this past season which doesn’t show much support in our youth. But it has been said Slav is a fan and I would like to see him given a shot.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Hopefully he can bang in a few in preseason pose a question for Slav, he looks like he has great awareness around the box and if he was ready I would much prefer to cheer him on than some of the names we are being linked with.

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