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Could Jahmal Hector-Ingram’s late strike for West Ham under 23s kickstart his career?

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Could Jahmal Hector-Ingram’s late strike for West Ham under 23s kickstart his career?

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.

DAGENHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Jahmal Hector-Ingram (C) of West Ham United celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Premier League International Cup match between West Ham United U23 and FC Porto U23 at Chigwell Construction Stadium on October 30, 2018 in Dagenham, England. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

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.

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Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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