West Ham striker declares himself fully fit as he targets first-team spot
By Tony Hughes
West Ham’s Premier League 2 striker Djair Parfitt-Williams has declared himself fit and ready to start scoring again, and hopefully get himself into contention for the first team.
Parfitt-Williams has recovered from a pelvis injury that has kept him out of action through the summer.
He scored eight times for the Development Squad last season and is keen to get back to scoring ways after making two recent appearances for the Under-23 team against Brighton and Hove Albion and Wycombe Wanderers.
Speaking on the official West Ham website, Parfitt-Williams said, “My main target now is to push on and try and play as many games for the Academy sides as possible and push towards that first team or go and get out on loan somewhere.
“It was obviously difficult being injured over the summer. It was mentally really hard seeing everyone getting great opportunities with the first team, training with them, but I just wanted to encourage everyone.
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“I knew I would come back soon and be able to be involved.”
West Ham’s Development Squad won the Premier League Cup last season, with Parfitt-Williams scoring four goals.
“Hopefully we can do well [in the Premier League Cup again this season],” he said. “Every game and every cup we play in, I will just be trying to do my best for the team.
“I mean, if goals come, that’s a plus, but it’s all about the team for me.
“I did well in front of goal last season, so of course the target is to do so again this year. I personally think that it’s the most important thing for a player in my position, to go and score goals. So, that’s the big target.”