Despite the ridiculous amount of money involved in football, excitement still intensifies when a young player from the academy emerges into the first team and becomes a great success.

With the record £5.14bn Premier League television making a big effect in England’s top flight, many clubs including West Ham have splashed the cash during the summer.

Undoubtedly, the Hammers are reaping the rewards as Slaven Bilic’s men currently occupy a sensational fourth spot in the table as new recruits Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Angelo Ogbonna and Pedro Obiang have settled comfortably into life in the Premier League.

However, the we are known as ‘The Academy of Football’ and having the likes of Mark Noble wearing the captain’s armband with pride and James Tomkins performing solidly every week, seeing more academy players enhance their career with West Ham is something every fan wants to see.

Wonderkid Reece Oxford has the most potential of becoming a Hammers great on the basis of the 16 year old receiving nothing but praise from Bilic, hence why he is involved in the first team squad.

So here are some other academy players that are capable of being West Ham’s next big thing and join Oxford in the first team…


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