West Hams fans on Twitter urge Bilic to play this 19-year-old wonderkid
By Matt Farr
West Ham fans have taken to Twitter to urge manager Slaven Bilic to bring Toni Martinez into the first-team squad.
The 19-year-old striker has been in sensational form for the West Ham U23s side, scoring 12 goals from just 10 appearances so far this season.
Martinez netted a superb hat-trick as West Ham’s Under-23 side beat Wolves earlier in the week, and has caught the eyes of the Hammers faithful.
The Spaniard joined the Hammers in April and has yet to make any mark on the first-team squad – but the fans believe he deserves a chance.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
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@davidgold does slaven know? ??
— 父Steve tiley父 (@SteveHeathrow1) December 21, 2016
@davidgold about time we moved the lad to the first team, he could show them a thing or two ⚒
— ⚒Matt⚒ (@MGHAMMERS) December 21, 2016
— Marcus (Luis?Crush) (@InvincibleMoore) December 21, 2016
— Billy⛄️??? (@Adrian_SMDC) December 21, 2016
@davidgold Slaven needs to put him on the bench at least, what harm could it do⚒⚒
— Andy Mac W.H.U.F.C (@Andy65606861) December 21, 2016
@davidgold Give him a run out in the first team#coyi
— Wayne cooper (@coop_the_roof) December 21, 2016
@davidgold promote him
— JamieHall (@WhufcJamie) December 21, 2016
@davidgold PUT HIM IN THE 1ST TEAM.
— ray hartman (@rayhartman2) December 21, 2016
@davidgold Well how about giving Toni Martinez a game? Give him and Quina, to name a couple, a chance.
— Ian Bennett (@WILDCAT2007) December 21, 2016
The Hammers have had a difficult start to the Premier League season, and find themselves 13th in the league with just five wins from 17 games.
Slaven Bilic has been lacking a prolific goalscorer in his ranks this season, having been without premier strike duo Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho for much of the campaign, who have both been nursing injuries.
Winger Michail Antonio is currently West Ham’s top goalscorer with seven goals in all competitions, but Bilic could certainly do with a prolific striker or two.
After his recent displays, Martinez will certainly have made a case for himself to be included in the West Ham first-team, and Bilic cannot afford not to sit up and take notice.
In other West Ham news, this 24-year-old midfielder is West Ham’s most improved player of 2016.