It may have been a disappointing season for West Ham, but when looking for reasons to be optimistic for the future you need look no further than Amadou Diallo.
With the relegation zone still a little too close for comfort, this season probably won’t be the time for handing out a Premier League debut to a young talent, but it may not be long before we see Diallo get his opportunity.
So, what do we know about the youngster who is spoken of in hushed tones around the club?
Amadou Diallo has always been ahead of his age
The two-footed winger joined West Ham at the age of 10 and has climbed the ladder faster than anyone could have predicted.
As an Under-16 schoolboy he was already scoring at U-18 level, beginning with two against Manchester City in a 3-2 win in the Premier League Cup back in November 2018.
In fact, Diallo made his U-18 debut against Arsenal when he was just 14 years and six months old.
He has captained the Three Lions
Emulating his success with the Hammers, Diallo certainly hasn’t been fazed by representing England.
He netted two goals in 10 for England U-16s and then two goals in six for the U-17s.
In February 2020, Diallo captained England Under-17s in his fifth appearance for the side against Russia back in February.
He celebrated that milestone by scoring in a 4-2 victory.
Ever the one to announce himself with a flourish, Diallo scored on his U-23 debut in Premier League 2 against Brighton.
Diallo is a proper Hammer
Amadou Diallo signed his first full professional contract back in February on his 17th birthday.
His delight at signing the deal was evident and owes a lot to the fact that he loves the club.
Upon signing he said: “One of my main dreams is to play for the club because I grew up around Upton Park. Hearing the fans singing, I just wanted to play for West Ham United.”
Surely a debut for the senior team can’t be far off and judging from his past debuts at youth level it could be one to remember.
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