West Ham United Rankings: 5 Most Promising and Best Players Under 20 Years Old

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West Ham United Rankings: 5 Most Promising and Best Players Under 20 Years Old
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Talent production: several football legends along with young and promising stars, all products of West Ham's Academy of Football, were present as West Ham arranged a testimonial for Director of Youth Academy, Tony Carr.

Can Elliott Lee, Dan Potts or Rob Hall ever emulate Bobby Moore or Frank Lampard? To be considered a future star and one of the greatest and most promising young talents under 20 years of age at West Ham United is as great an honour, as it is an indication of future stardom. 

As local hero Joe Cole has returned to Upton Park, B/R examines the current batch of promising youths looking to break through at the Academy of Football.

The following five players presented are all part of a long and proud tradition of going through the ranks of the Academy of Football in East London.

Current footballing stars such as Frank Lampard, John Terry, Michael Carrick and Rio Ferdinand have all tasted European success, whereas Joe Cole, Glen Johnson and Jermain Defoe have developed impressive international careers after starting their careers at West Ham.

Taking a brief look in the history books, West Ham United Academy of Football was established by Ron Greenwood and Ted Fenton in the '50s and '60s and produced some of the greatest stars to ever grace the English game. 

Sir Geoff Hurst, Sir Trevor Brooking, Martin Peters, Paul Ince and, of course, Bobby Moore, who captained England to World Cup glory in 1966, have all come through the East London academy.

When scrutinising the current batch of hopeful youth players at West Ham United, the five most promising youngsters will have to be less than 20 years of age and, in various ways, have shown promise of golden futures ahead when under the guidance of the director of the youth academy, Tony Carr.

Memorise these names! 

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