Coach knocked out by West Ham’s 17-year-old starlet

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Michael Forbes makes an impression for West Ham United Under-23 side. Coach Mark Robson praises the 17-year-old’s “extraordinary” form and speaks to him Hammer’s official website.

If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

That’s the approach David Moyes has taken in giving a host of talented youngsters opportunities in West Ham’s first-team this season.

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Aji Alese, Dan Chesters, Sonny Perkins, Harrison Ashby, Keenan Forson and Freddie Potts have all played their part in an outstanding season for the London giants, which was rewarded after they shone for an Under-23 side trailing behind reigning champions Manchester City finished second in the Premier League 2 table.

West Ham’s next generation

Forbes, a regular at Under-18 level, is also starting to climb the ranks after coming on from the bench in West Ham’s 4-3 win over Everton on Monday night.

And Robson is full of praise for a 17-year-old centre-back who continues to hold his own against players much further down the line in development.

“Michael came for us a couple of times and he did exceptionally well. He didn’t get too many minutes in this game. But he was calm and comfortable on the ball, which was really gratifying,” says Robson.

“Divin (Muamba) also came on for us a couple of times and worked his socks off each time. They are two in a string of players who have done well in the U18s.

“We also had Archie Woods on the bench and he played for us in a cup game. It was nice to have George Earthy with us too. If we were a little more comfortable in terms of the score, we might have gotten one of them.

“They’re doing well in the U18s and these guys deserve a chance with us. I thought the two guys who came on did a good job.”

Perkins can’t stop scoring

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Sonny Perkins scored twice against Everton, while Emannuel Longelo and former Arsenal star Armstrong Okoflex also scored. Perkins has now scored 14 goals this season, one more than Okoflex.

“Some of our football was top notch,” adds Robson.

“We disappointed in our last game. Really disappointing. We didn’t play enough in front but we did really well against Everton.

“We looked at that in training and in videos. We tried to create something positive to get back to the level we know they can play.

“Fair play to the boys, because they did a great job in this match.”

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