By Sam Stone

5th Oct, 2022 | 4:10pm

West Ham United: Regan Clayton called up to first-team training ahead of RSC Anderlecht fixture

Regan Clayton has been called up to first-team training ahead of West Ham United’s Europe Conference League fixture against RSC Anderlecht.

Clayton, 17, signed his first professional contract in the summer [15 June] and is yet to make his first team debut.

The left-back was on the bench during the Hammers’ 3-1 win over FCSB in their opening group stage game of the Conference League.

Football London revealed [5 October] that David Moyes has had a look at the youngster in training with Maxwel Cornet currently out after picking up a calf injury in the Hammers’ 2-0 win over Wolves on Saturday evening [1 October].

Give youth a chance

Moyes does need to start giving some of his younger players more of an opportunity. Sonny Perkins wasn’t given much of a chance by the West Ham boss and has since gone on to Leeds United where he has proved to be a big hit.

Harrison Ashby is another player whose contract situation has come under the spotlight of late. According to Six Foot Two [17 September], the club are still trying to tie the 20-year-old down to a new deal, with Leeds and Newcastle United vying for his services.

By giving the likes of Clayton and Ashby first-team chances, it will increase the club’s chances of keeping their youth talent at the London Stadium, instead of them being pinched by their Premier League rivals.

The Irons’ participation in the Conference League is the perfect chance for Moyes to give some of his youngsters and fringe players more minutes. The Hammers are currently top of their group and a win this evening will put them in a strong position to win their group.

Once their fate is sealed, Moyes would be foolish not to give more youngsters such as Clayton an opportunity to start from the outset in their remaining group stage fixtures.