David Gold: This is when West Ham trio will be promoted to first team
By Dominic Toner
West Ham co-owner David Gold has claimed that youngsters Josh Cullen, Reece Oxford and Reece Burke will get a chance when manager Slaven Bilic thinks they are ready.
The Hammers are renowned for producing quality players from their academy over the years and fans will be excited about the new emerging batch.
West Ham 18-year-old Reece Oxford has made 16 senior appearances for the Londoners in his career, but has played just twice this season and is currently out on loan at Reading.
Meanwhile, midfielder Cullen is on loan at Bradford and Burke is enjoying a spell at Wigan.
Gold was asked on Twitter about the chances of the young trio featuring in the first team and he reiterated they will play when Bilic feel it is appropriate.
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“They will get there chance when the manager thinks they’re ready,” Gold wrote on his personal Twitter account.
They will get there chance when the manager thinks they're ready. dg https://t.co/M2YMiZ4xu5
— David Gold (@davidgold) March 31, 2017
West Ham will be keen to promote academy players in the future, but Bilic has had to call on his senior players this season to get rid of any potential relegation battle.
They are currently 12th-placed in the league table and have been unable to compete for the European spots, despite finish seventh in the league table last season.
The Hammers turn their attention to a league clash against Hull at the weekend and will be looking to end a run of five matches without a victory.
Bilic will get to have a good look at the club’s young prospects at the end of the season and they will hope to breakthrough into the first team, with the opportunity of playing at the fabulous London Stadium regularly a youngsters dream.
In other West Ham news, Mark Lawrenson has predicted the clash against Hull.