West Ham could soon unearth Freddie Potts

West Ham United’s season has been a polarising one, as their form in domestic competition has been wholly disappointing whilst in Europe they have excelled.

Having cruised through their Europa Conference League group winning every game, they have instead lost their last three Premier League games before the World Cup break and will now have to mull over their issues for the next six weeks.


West Ham's Declan Rice

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Of their current European campaign, David Moyes has not been shy of affording his academy players added involvement amongst the first team.

It has, therefore, given plenty of players a platform to showcase their talents for the Scotsman, although somewhat disappointingly, Freddie Potts only saw 24 minutes of action.

The midfield maestro had earned notoriety in recent years for his tempo-controlling displays that allowed the U23s to thrive.

This season alone he already has one goal and an assist too from the engine room in just 13 appearances for the youth sides.

His lack of involvement is likely down to the emergence of Conor Coventry, who given his slight seniority was preferred alongside Declan Rice.

However, in the near future, it could instead be Potts who could grow to surpass him and even the underperforming Tomas Soucek – who has just two goals this term – to partner with the club captain for years to come.

Having now made two senior appearances for the Hammers, he is clearly well thought of at the club given he is only 19 years old.

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Back when he signed his newest scholarship deal, he was lauded by coach Gerard Prenderville as a “very, very good midfielder” who was “composed, ticks things over nicely and takes it forward when he needs to.”

He also referenced his father, Steve Potts, who made 285 appearances for the Irons across an 18-year career. With the history he shares with the east London outfit, the foundations are in place for his son to thrive and eventually nail down a spot in that senior side.

Acting as something of a metronome in midfield, he could soon offer a consistency that prevails over the Czech Republic international, who has been lambasted for his “awful mentality” by journalist Alan Rzepa this season.

Soucek too was a solid presence in their midfield who could both defend and attack, and should he not find his form soon it could spell the end for his guaranteed place beside Rice.

Boasting a proud history with the club already, Potts is seemingly making great strides towards breaking into Moyes’ team. The next time he gets his opportunity, he will just have to take it with both hands and make himself undroppable.