By Dominic Toner
West Ham youngster Alex Pike will remain at Charlton for a bit longer during pre-season as manager Russell Slade continues to monitor the defender.
He is one of the triallists currently with the Charlton squad and impressed enough during a friendly against Welling to earn a chance in a second game against Bromley next Tuesday.
Slade told the South London Press: “I’m pleased with him. I spoke to West Ham and they were more than happy for us to have a look at him. He has only been in two days.”
The 19-year-old is expected to be leaving West Ham this summer when his contract expires, so if Charlton decide to move for the youngster a deal seems very likely.
Pike joined the West Ham ranks as an under-11 midfielder before being converted to his current position as a right-back.
Since then he has kicked on through the clubs youth set up and featured commonly for both the under 18 and under 21 sides.He has made 16 appearances for under 21 team and scored one goal in that time.
The senior team look short at right-back with James Tomkins leaving the club to join Crystal Palace and make-shift defender Michail Antonio defensively frail and far more potent going forward.
Although this youngster does not appear to be in Slaven Bilic’s plan for the upcoming season, he has already been busy in the transfer window with the acquisitions of Sofiane Feghouli and Havard Nordtveit.
The London club secured European football following their impressive league form and are expected to add more quality to their squad in the form of Gorkan Tore.
In other West Ham news, four sides are eyeing the clubs £15million attacker.