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Anouk Denton made her debut for West Ham last Saturday as the Hammers won 5-0 against Reading to move off the bottom of the WSL table.

The 17-year-old defender came off the bench in the closing stages of the win at the Madejski Stadium, replacing Kate Longhurst.

Denton joined the Hammers on a loan deal that lasts until the end of the season from Arsenal last month.

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Before heading to East London, she’d made just one senior appearance for the Gunners and that was in their 6-1 thrashing of Tottenham in the North London derby back in October.

West Ham Women expert Michelle Irons has hailed Denton for his performance as a substitute at Reading at the weekend and has tipped the Arsenal loanee to have a bright future in the WSL.

Speaking to West Ham Zone, she said: “Anouk Denton has joined us on loan and I believe it’s until the end of the season. It’s a move that suits all parties as she gets some valuable experience and we can fulfil our quota for subs.

“But having said that, Anouk is a special talent and is highly-rated at Arsenal having been with the Under-21s set-up there since early 2020. She’s trained with the senior Arsenal team often too. She’s also well established within the Under-17 England set-up.

“On Saturday, Denton came on late as a sub for Kate Longhurst late into the game and she settled into the game instantly. For a 17-year-old, that’s really impressive.

“She’s a future star in this developing league and her future is bright. I don’t think it’s the last we’ve heard of her.”

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Denton had very limited time to make an impact at Reading last weekend as he was substituted on in the second minute of stoppage time at the end of the game.

However, Denton did manage to get a few touches of the ball with stats by FBRef recording that she managed to complete two of the four passes she attempted, pressed an opposition attacker twice and even completed one interception.

It’s unlikely that’s the last we’ll see of Denton this season as manager Olli Harder aims to see out a successful bid to earn WSL survival.

In order to do that, he needs to keep his squad fresh and cover any potential injuries or suspensions that may occur after the current international break.

Denton, despite being so young and inexperienced, seems like a very good addition.

In other West Ham Women news, here’s how our expert thinks Dagny has settled into life in East London

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