Former wonderkid opens up about failed West Ham 'fairytale'
By Laura O’Leary
Blair Turgott has opened up about his time at West Ham and how he thought he would have had more opportunities at the club.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Turgott opened up about the disillusions he had when at West Ham, following a successful time with England at U-17 level.
The winger was member of England’s U-17s World Cup squad in 2011, when the side reached the quarter finals of the competition.
The former West Ham youth prospect has now revealed what happened when he return to his club following international success.
He said: “When I came back from the World Cup I thought I’d get an opportunity and be with the first team at West Ham and then I would have pushed on from there and the rest would be history.
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“That’s the fairytale you put in your head.”
The now 23-year-old plays his football in the National League for Boreham Wood, as parent club Stevenage have opted to loan him out this season.
The winger has made eight appearances across all competitions and scored two goals in the process.
When at the Hammers, the youngster was regularly loaned out to gain first team experience.
Turgott had four loans spells during this time, spending time at Bradford City, Colchester United, Rotherham and finally a spell at Dagnenham and Redbridge.
West Ham opted to let the winger leave on a free transfer in 2015, with Coventry City snapping up his services.
Other members of England U-17s World Cup squad in 2011 fared much better with the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Pickford going on to feature in the Premier League.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are reportedly lining up a move for this former Premier League defender.