By Dean White

4th Nov, 2022 | 7:10am

Carlton Cole close to tears live on BT Sport as West Ham United sensation Divin Mubama shines v FCSB

Carlton Cole has to hold back the tears when saying how proud he was of Divin Mubama after West Ham won 3-0 against FCSB on Thursday night.

The Hammers became the first time to ever finish a Europa Conference League group with a 100 per cent record as they won comfortably in Romania with a youthful side.

Mubama, 18, made his senior debut up front for the Irons and was unfortunate to have a goal of his go down as an own-goal in the second half when a header deflected off an FCSB defender.

After the game, Irons coach Cole spoke about Mubama and the rest of the youngsters in the side, saying just how proud their families and friends will be, as well as himself.

“After he scored, he was all over the place,” said Cole at full time on BT Sport 3 on Thursday night [3 November, 09:52pm]. “But that’s the energy that we all wanted to see from him.

“When he scored us, you saw us, we were just jumping up in the studio. So happy.

“But I go back to his parents, his mum, his dad, his brothers who were always there for him. And for all these boys.

“We’re like proud parents as coaches, when you’ve seen their journey. There’s nothing more rewarding, as a coach, to see how far they’ve actually come and making an impact in the first team.

“It’s, it’s… I want to cry. But I need to keep it together because my kids are watching.”


This is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

David Moyes deserves a lot of credit for naming the team he did against FCSB because he could have easily gone with a squad of fringe players in his senior side to give them a chance.

And while he did that to a degree, he also played Oliver Scarles, Conor Coventry, Harrison Ashby, Kamari Simon-Swyer, Keenan Forson, Freddie Potts and Kaelan Casey in the 3-0 win in Romania.

None of them really looked out of place.

It was a comprehensive win by the Irons.

Flynn Downes impressed yet again in the midfield while Scarles and Mubama looked at complete ease from the off before the substitutes also did well.

The future is always bright at West Ham, it feels.

But let’s hope it’s not too long before we see these bright youngsters again because they’ll all be chomping at the bit for more first-team minutes now.