Divin Mubama continued his good form this season as West Ham U18’s won in the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals with a 1-4 win away to Stoke City on Friday. The young striker has briefly featured under manager David Moyes this season, and must have believed his first team chances would improve following the departure of Sonny Perkins.
However with the purchase of Danny Ings, imminent return to fitness of Gianluca Scamacca, and return to form of Michail Antonio, his chances will be limited. It’s fair to say that Mubama can do little more to get the West Ham managers attention. He’s impressed during training with the first team and continues to score goals at junior levels. He scored a brace against Stoke, but Moyes still decided to put two goalkeepers on the bench against Newcastle, rather than take include the youngster.
The round 16 clash, played at Stoke’s bet365 Stadium, ignited when Lewis Orford gave the visitors the lead on 22 minutes, clinically finishing on the turn from Asher Falase’s chipped ball into the penalty area.
Mubama put the Irons in control before half-time, continuing his own, amazing goalscoring run with a neat header from Orford’s cross just a quarter-of-an-hour later.
The striker could have added a third for the Hammers before half-time, but he fond the net again on 49 minutes with a powerful, right-footed strike into the top corner.
Mubama turned provider for George Earthy shortly after, prompting the midfielder to skip over a challenge inside the box before passing the ball into the net for West Ham’s fourth on 55 minutes.
Stoke City countered not long after, as Nathan Lowe headed in from a free-kick.
Victory against the Potters saw Kevin Keen’s young side into the quarter-finals for the first time since the 2004/05 season, a trip to face Ipswich at Portman Road now awaits the U18s in the next round.
The way our attacking players drop like flies into the sick bay, seemingly on a shared roster system, there’s every chance Mubama will get an opportunity in the first team at some time this season!