After being thought of as the next big thing at West Ham’s academy, set to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Joe Cole and others, Jahmal Hector Ingram’s progress had stuttered.
The now 19-year-old has seen several players leapfrog him in the race to the first team and finally appears to have refound his scoring boots, having gone the whole 2017/18 season without a goal at under 23 level.
He couldn’t have chosen a better time to get his first since 2017 though as he burst through and unleashed a fierce effort in the 87th minute to give his team the lead over Porto in the Premier League International Cup.
Having struggled with injuries of late, this goal could put the Londoner’s development back on track with a much needed confidence boost playing alongside his team-mates in one of the most challenging competitions at this age group.
It seems unlikely that Hector-Ingram will be anywhere near the first team in the imminent future, but with his contract up in the summer he has a point to prove to Manuel Pellegrini.
There are few better ways to do that than by scoring goals and after such a long barren spell, he finally appears to have got his finishing touch back again.