The arrival of Declan Rice in the first-team picture at West Ham this season has been a joy for the Irons faithful, with the 20-year-old showing himself to be an immensely capable defensive midfielder.
We thought we’d cast an eye over the other youngsters at the London Stadium, to see who might be next year’s ‘Declan Rice’.
Here are five promising Hammers that could have an impact next season:
Diangana has found first-team football this year, in the wake of a number of injuries to the West Ham forward line. A fast, direct winger, the 20-year-old needs to improve his delivery to go to the next level.
A West Ham midfielder who was born in England, but is representing Ireland at youth level. Ring any bells? Cullen has been enjoying a successful time on loan at Charlton this season, and the 22-year-old could separate himself as a future successor to Mark Noble next term.
Another man who has spent time on loan this season, the 21-year-old Spaniard is a crafty forward, with a nose for goal. It will need to happen sooner rather than later for the former Valencia man, however!
The Portuguese forward has been used sparingly so far this season, but has all the natural talent to go far in this game. Incredibly skilful, defenders can have their work cut out keeping the 21-year-old quiet.
The 19-year-old comes from a bloodline of footballers (nephew of Paul Parker, cousin of Ledley King) and has started to get a sniff of the West Ham first team. Undersized yet technically gifted, the diminutive Johnson could craft a career at full-back or in the midfield.