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The West Ham centre back conveyor belt

West Ham currently have a  conveyor belt of centre backs coming through the academy as Fabian Balbuena looks set to becomes the first of the current first team squad to be on his way.

Fredericks Alves, the £1.2m signing from Denmark has been impressing in training and is said to be ready to step up to the senior squad.

With Angelo Ogbonna 33 in May the Hammers have two more promising central defenders in working to get theur first team chances.

This week Ajibola Alese signed a new contract with West Ham.

The 20-year-old has been with the Hammers since the age of seven and will continue his stay at London Stadium until the summer of 2023.

The defender is currently on loan with League Two club Cambridge United and has made two league appearances for the club since his arrival in February.

Seventeen-year-old Jamal Baptiste has been described as the the real deal by his former boss Terry Westley and that was confirmed when he was dubbed  “the new Rio Ferdinand” by Carlton Cole

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After joining the Hammers Academy as a nine-year-old the versatile defender broke into the U18 squad on a regular basis at the start of the 2018/19 season while still a 14 year -old schoolboy.

Tall, strong and comfortable in possession, Baptiste made his full debut in a U18 Premier League South win at Norwich City on 11 August 2018.

By the season’s end he had started 14 times. The youngster’s outstanding progress continued in the 2019/20 season as he made his debut for the U23s in a 1-0 Premier League International Cup win over Valencia ‘B’.

He made his first senior competitive debut for West Ham this season against Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup fourth round.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

One comment on “The West Ham centre back conveyor belt

  1. I Wouldn’t have believed it earlier in the season when moyes preferred Balbuena to diop and publicly stated that older players tended to be better in that particular position. Since then he’s played diop but only because Balbuena and Ogbonna were unavailable at the time. Diop is only 24 and will probably get better. Not sure moyes would want two young centre backs side by side though. I think he would prefer an older wiser more experienced head in there.

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