Emmanuel Longelo is a local Barking born boy who joined the Hammers aged ten.
He started out playing for Euro Dagenham in a Sunday league team aged nine later joining West Ham at U10s level.
His brother Rosaire Longelo played Newcastle Under 23’s as a left-winger and a person he describes as having the biggest influence on my career to date. Rosaire who is a year older also started out at the West Ham Academy before moving north.
Emmanuel started life as a midfielder but when a striker got injured and he was started up front and the manager at the time saw that he had pace so he kept me up there.
As he got older he was moved out wide a lot more and became a more of a general forward player, scoring goals, creating chances, and taking people on. Lately, he has been deployed as a left-back for the U23s.
Longelo debuted for the West Ham Under 23’s in the 2017/2018 season making two appearances scoring one goal, the 2018/2019 he made 9 appearances for the Under 18’s scoring seven goals and six appearances for the Under 23’s in Premier League 2 scoring one goal.
He gained his full promotion to Under 23’s last season featuring in 14 appearances and has made two appearances for the Development squad this season.
He made his senior debut for West Ham on Tuesday when he came on for Harrison Ashby in the 69th minute in West Ham’s 5-1 win over Hull City in the Carabao Cup.