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‘Excellent’ West Ham youngster with unbelievable energy levels spotted in first-team training
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‘Excellent’ West Ham youngster with unbelievable energy levels spotted in first-team training

West Ham United have returned to training ahead of the resumption of domestic football later this month.

The likes of Declan Rice and Lucas Paqueta are still at the World Cup, but most of David Moyes’ squad are back in training.

The club’s official social media account shared a video of the first team returning to action at Rush Green.

The likes of Jarrod Bowen have now had time to get over their disappointment of not being involved in Qatar.

However, the group looked in good spirits as the hard work started once again.

Moyes will be hoping his side’s form will improve in the second half of the season.

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After back-to-back seasons qualifying for Europe, West Ham are currently hovering just above the relegation zone.

The club invested heavily in the summer, spending significant sums on the likes of Gianluca Scamacca and Nayef Aguerd.

Results have been poor this season, and have proven to be a continuation of the Hammers’ poor form at the end of the last campaign.

To make up for a few of his senior players being unavailable, Moyes decided to call up a few youngsters to the first team.

And in the video shared by West Ham, under-21s star Keenan Appiah-Forson can be seen in training.

Appiah-Forson in first-team training

In the clip West Ham shared on YouTube, Appiah-Forson can be seen playing in a small-sided game with the first team.

Small in stature but capable of rapid changes of direction, his energy and first-time passing are immediately noticeable.

The 21-year-old plays a neat pass with Manuel Lanzini before flicking the ball to Tomas Soucek.

Appiah-Forson certainly looks comfortable in training alongside West Ham’s senior players.

The 21-year-old is typically a holding midfielder, who puts his work-rate to good use in the middle of the park.

He signed a contract extension earlier this year that runs until next summer.

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His under-21 coach Mark Robson was very complimentary when his new deal was confirmed, and highlighted his key attributes.

“Keenan is fully deserving of this new deal. Since I’ve come in, he has been excellent,” Robson said.

“His energy levels are unbelievable and every single day, I’m amazed by how he just keeps going.

“He’s a real pleasure to work with. He’s a really good lad who gives everything he’s got in every game and every training session. 

“His work ethic, I have to say, is as good as anybody I’ve seen in this league at U23s level.

“He has a real desire to work hard, and he is a shining example for any young player at this level.”

Appiah-Forson fighting for his West Ham future

The 21-year-old has made two first-team appearances at West Ham, both coming in Europe.

He was a late substitute against Dinamo Zagreb last season before coming on again against FCSB this campaign.

With Declan Rice’s future at West Ham up in the air, there could be a spot in the senior squad opening up.

The Hammers would typically look outside the club to replace a talent like Rice.

However, Appiah-Forson will hope to have shown in training with the first team he’s ready to make the step up.

In the immediate future, the youngster will hope to earn a new deal at the club before his contract expires in six months’ time.

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