It's interesting to see the number of players we have out on loan at the moment and exciting to see that the under 18 team thrashed their Tottenham counterparts 4-0. Sadly, there is many a slip between hand and mouth when we are talking about young footballers, but there does appear to be a reasonable pool of talent coming through. Montano, Abdulla, Brown, Spence and Olly Lee are all gaining experience in football's backwaters.
The OS, of course, overstates the case every time it reports on anything like this and it is amusing to read in their report that "The Shots are also on a roll in the Carling Cup" as if that fact may have passed West Ham fans by! The wording is also a little suspect when we are told that Olly Lee "continues to pick up valuable League Two experience" as that suggests that Lee will be plying his trade in that division into the longer term future. I would suggest that he "continues to pick up valuable experience" would read better.
How many of these will eventually feature in the first team at West Ham? That's anybody's guess and, in a way, it is disappointing that they are not considered worth a place in our Championship squad but, given the deals done in the window, I suppose that is no surprise. We have a proper first team squad at last and hopefully we now have a pipeline feeding through for the years to come.