Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League last night by Atletico Madrid and West Ham youngster Oladapo Afolayan declared on Twitter his dream to play for Diego Simeone.
The Hammers starlet spent the first half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Mansfield Town, scoring once in six appearances.
Since returning to the London Stadium academy ranks he has scored three goals and registered four assists in eight appearances.
The versatile forward can play on either flank, as a No.10 or through the middle as a centre forward.
At 22-years-old he is perhaps running out of time to make the grade at West Ham and he will hope to impress David Moyes soon.
After the game at Anfield, which Liverpool lost 3-2 after extra time, Afolayan took to Twitter to confirm his dream of playing for the charismatic Argentine boss.
Would be a dream to play for Diego Simeone ??what a guy ?
— Dapo Afolayan (@dapo_afolayan) March 11, 2020
West Ham are top of their Premier League 2 division and if Afolayan can continue his decent form he might lift silverware this season.
The academy graduate has a contract with West Ham until 2021 and after his failed spell at Mansfield, he must impress all over again.
Next season could see him head out on loan again. It seems unlikely that he will catch Moyes’ attention in the short term and he will have to remain patient.
All is not lost though and Afolayan might prove to be a late bloomer.
If the speedster can keep his head down, continue to learn and keep chipping in with goals and assists, he will give himself the best possible chance in the future.
His dream of playing under Simeone may be something of a pipedream, however.