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West Ham have already got Rice alternative in “trendy” teen


West Ham United are having fun with a much better season than what was on present final time period. Triumph within the Europa Convention League eradicated any noise surrounding a lacklustre marketing campaign, positive, but it surely papered over cracks that may have been obvious in any other case.

A 14th-place Premier League end was truthfully a good reflection on the home entrance, and with Declan Rice bought to Arsenal for £105m quickly after the marketing campaign’s conclusion, David Moyes and the board wanted to get it proper in the course of the low season.

Fortunately, get it proper the Irons did. With Edson Alvarez, Mohammed Kudus and co arriving to replenish the squad, at present seventh within the league desk and into the quarter-finals of the Europa League, pitted in opposition to indomitable-looking Bayer Leverkusen.

The primary group is firing and hopeful of sustained success ready of promise, however the academy is the bedrock of a soccer group and it would not harm to have one other thrilling expertise emerge.

That may simply be the case with Oliver Scarles on the up.

Oliver Scarles’ season in numbers

Scarles solely turned 18 years outdated again in December however he’s already stretching his boyish avidity into the senior set-up, having perched on the bench within the Premier League 5 occasions for the reason that new 12 months.

A flexible participant, Scarles is principally fielded as a left-back however has performed at left wing, central midfield and central defence as he finds his toes forward of a desired breakthrough to the West Ham first-team.

Oliver Scarles: 23/24 by Place





Left midfield




Proper midfield








Central midfield




Left wing




Stats through Transfermarkt

He has been significantly eye-catching within the EFL Trophy, bagging a aim and two assists from 5 matches for the Younger Hammers in opposition to senior opposition, additionally averaging two tackles and clearances, 6.6 ball recoveries and 4.6 profitable duels per recreation.

He is an actual expertise and now seems to be on the cusp of prominence on the high degree. He may simply be the largest expertise since Rice, surpassing fellow academy stars reminiscent of Divin Mubama.

West Ham striker Divin Mubama.

Mubama is admittedly an thrilling younger striker and truly scored within the Europa Convention League final season, however his progress has considerably stagnated this 12 months and the 19-year-old has featured simply 5 occasions within the Premier League, with two targets from 5 matches within the improvement top-flight.

Why Oliver Scarles might be West Ham’s Rice alternative

Like Rice, Scarles was launched from Chelsea’s Cobham academy as a youth, since picked up by West Ham and supplied with a platform to develop into his pores and skin.

He won’t be positionally similar to Rice however there are parallels to be drawn, with each gamers blessed with dynamism and adaptability that has seen them utilized in midfield in addition to their typical defensive function.

Furthermore, Moyes has remarked that Scarles is “trendy on the ball“, with a pure grace and presence that strengthens the argument that the Irons are nurturing their subsequent model of Rice.

To place it in a nutshell, Scarles has additional improvement forward if he needs to emulate a fellow academy graduate in Rice and make an impression underneath Moyes’ wing, however the Scotsman has spoken of his admiration for the younger expertise and that is mirrored by way of his latest options within the Premier League matchday squad.

The subsequent step in his flowering profession might be telling, however the indicators level towards success.