David Moyes thrilled by 'prodigious' West Ham teenager Freddie Potts
Freddie Potts has piqued the interest of David Moyes as the 17-year-old is fast-tracked through the West Ham age groups, according to The Athletic.
Son of current Under-23s coach Steve Potts, a two-time Hammer of the Year, Freddie has left a lasting impression on Moyes and his coaching staff, with the Scot handing the teenager 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly against Leyton Orient during the summer.
The “prodigious talent” [Roshane Thomas, The Athletic] is considered one of the most promising prospects in the Under-23s and is already training alongside the first team.
Next one in line?
According to The Athletic’s report, Potts looks up to West Ham star Declan Rice, and as a holding midfielder, could be following his footsteps in the coming years.
Rice was considered by many as a centre-back option when he first emerged onto the first-team scene, but he has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders over the last few years.
Indeed, his recent goalscoring exploits suggest the ‘defensive’ tag could soon be stripped from him as he showcases his all-round skills in the middle of midfield.
Who better for Potts to learn from than the England international?
Of course, there are fears that Rice will be lured away from the London Stadium sooner rather than later, with Chelsea and Manchester United continually linked.
Even if West Ham fans’ worst fears are realised, at least there is a serious prospect at the club already rising the ranks to eventually replace him.
In other West Ham news, the Irons are ready to launch a bid for this England international Roy Keane called ‘perfect’.