By Noel Whelan

10th Dec, 2021 | 5:30pm

West Ham youngster could save Moyes millions after what I saw on Thursday - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested David Moyes could save millions in the transfer market thanks to the West Ham academy.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted Thursday’s defeat to Dinamo Zagreb was a “freebie” for the manager to assess the Irons’ hottest prospects.

Moyes handed three players their full debut in the 1-0 defeat and named a back four made up entirely of academy graduates.

The young side went toe-to-toe with the Croatian outfit and were only sunk by Mislav Orsic’s wondergoal.

Whelan suggested the emergence of academy products could see Moyes choose not to splash out on new signings.

Discussing the Hammers starlets’ performance, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It was kind of like a gimme, wasn’t it?

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“It’s a freebie for West Ham to put out some of their young blood. See if they can cope with the big occasion and European football, which I think they did. It was a wondergoal.

“For me, it’s the right thing to do. David Moyes giving these young boys an opportunity to go out there, playing the first team on the big stage in Europe.

“That can only be beneficial to the players and to David Moyes as well.

“It’s nice to know what you’ve got in the younger squads, the under-23s that might stop you from going out and spending money when you don’t need to.”

West Ham secured top spot in their Europa League group with a game to go.

As such, he was able to give Jamal Baptiste, Emmanuel Longelo and Sonny Perkins their full debuts.

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