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20th May, 2017 | 1:38pm

David Gold provides shocking verdict on West Ham academy players

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham co-owner David Gold has stated that people have to accept it is “extremely unlikely” that a teenager will break into a Premier League team full of seasoned internationals these days.

The outburst has come after a fan asked what chance youngsters have at the Hammers these days with both Reece Oxford and Reece Burke set to be sent out on loan again for the next campaign, while a table showed that the east London side have not provided a teenager with a single minute of Premier League football this season.

It is a stat which caught the attention of many West Ham fans on social media with the club previously having a fantastic record of blooding in youth players such as Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Rio Ferdinand and even current captain Mark Noble.

However, instead of reassuring fans, club chief Gold has stated on his personal Twitter account that it is unlikely a youngster will break into the first team and brought up when Sam Allardyce had suffered a 5-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest when playing several young players.

Fans of any club are always keen to see their side provide opportunities for players breaking through their academy ranks and this quite a shocking claim from Gold

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West Ham have been known in the past to pride themselves in their opportunities for young players and supporters love seeing the club produce the next future star.

But, Gold’s claims are incredibly short sighted and could even see some young prospects avoid the club, or even look for a way out in the future.

In other West Ham news, this England international has responded to reported talks with the Hammers.

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