West Ham Under 18’s boss Steve Potts has spoken ahead of tonight’s clash against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Youth Cup fourth round at Upton Park.
Former Hammer of the Year Potts told whufc.com: "I'm looking forward to it, as the boys are. It's a nice occasion for them in the FA Youth Cup. If you speak to any ex-players or present players, they will look back on the Youth Cup with fond memories of it. Hopefully our boys will have the same after the game.”
The side will be without defender Leo Chambers and goalkeeper Sam Baxter as they are injured. However, Potts expects to field a strong side with the rest of the squad fully fit.
Steve Potts played in the FA Youth Cup for West Ham United so he recognises the importance of the competition for the club.
The Hammers made two FA Youth Cup final appearances in the late 90s with the likes of Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard shining through. With U18 striker Elliot Lee making his first team debut for West Ham up at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, the future’s looking bright for the Academy! If you fancy watching our future first hand tonight, kick off is at 7pm and prices are £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.
By Lucy Woolford