West Ham United: A Look at the Forgotten Prospects from Their Academy

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West Ham United: A Look at the Forgotten Prospects from Their Academy
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West Ham United's youth academy is one of the most famous in England. It has produced future England stars such as Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard. Coming through the ranks at Upton Park is often a sign that you are destined for great things, if not a middling career at a decent club.

You only have to look at some of the biggest teams in England to see how they have profited from West Ham's youth set-up:

Chelsea: Frank Lampard, John Terry

Manchester United: Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand

Tottenham: Jermain Defoe (formerly from Charlton's academy)

Liverpool: Glen Johnson

However, not every graduate can go on to bigger and better things. For every Lampard, there is a Josh Payne. Let's take a walk through recent history at the youngsters who didn't quite make the grade.

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