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Potts Makes Case for First-Team Role

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Freddie Potts, the 20-year-old midfielder on loan at Wycombe Wanderers from West Ham, is staking his claim for a first-team spot at the London Stadium next season.

Potts has impressed during his loan spell, making 43 appearances and contributing two goals and two assists in all competitions. His performances earned him the Wycombe Wanderers’ 2023/24 Supporters’ Player of the Year award.

West Ham are expected to undergo a midfield rebuild this summer. The departure of loanee Kalvin Phillips leaves a gap, and the team lacks depth in the defensive midfield role alongside Edson Alvarez. Currently, Tomas Soucek and James Ward-Prowse rotate between defensive and attacking duties, creating an imbalance.

Potts’ skillset suggests he could be the answer to West Ham’s problems. His experience and success at Wycombe indicate he’s ready to contribute at the Premier League level. An opportunity to impress in pre-season seems well deserved.

Sadly, West Ham has a history of giving few opportunities to academy prospects. While George Earthy is a recent success story, players like Lewis Orford and Kaelan Casey haven’t seen playing time.

With West Ham needing a midfield makeover, David Moyes (if he remains manager) should strongly consider integrating Freddie Potts into the first team. Potts’ talent and recent form are compelling arguments, especially considering the lack of established options in that position.

Potts could be the missing piece for West Ham’s midfield.

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