Young Hammers Ready For Tough City Test

Bill Martin looks ahead to a tough test for the West Ham U23s.

West Ham United’s U23s are set to entertain Manchester City U23s in the upcoming round of fixtures in Premier League 2. The game kicks off at 1pm at Victoria Road, in Dagenham on Saturday afternoon.

Fine Form

The young Hammers come into the game as slight favourites, having enjoyed a positive start to life in Division One after promotion from the second tier last term.

Three games unbeaten and a total of four wins from eight leave them sitting comfortably sitting in fifth place with the chance to move into second with a win if results elsewhere over the weekend go their way.

Last time out they laboured to a 0-0 draw away to current strugglers Chelsea, so they will be itching to return to winning ways come full-time on Saturday afternoon.

Star Man

Toni Martinez will be the player that the Citizens will be wary of the most. Considered a top prospect for the club since signing back in 2016, the Spaniard is looking to prove his first team credentials to first team manager Slaven Bilic, after a less than fruitful spell at Oxford United last season that bore just two goals.

Always a prolific scorer in the developmental leagues, his seven goals so far makes him the player to look out for come Saturday afternoon, should he not be called into bench duty for the senior side.

Opposition Outlook

The Hammers won’t have it easy though. Simon Davies’s men are just one place below them in the current league standings, and will looking to close the gap between the sides to just two points.

Alongside the East Londoners, they boast some of the best young talent out there, with the likes of Lukas Nmecha and Brahim Diaz attempting to stop Terry Westley’s bright start to the season in its tracks come the final whistle.