Not a bad debut . . .

West Ham’s famous Academy produced a nice, albeit unintended, debut for young Dan Potts on Saturday. Kudos to the boy for a strong performance at left back against Barnsley. Starting the game because of a pregame injury to Abdoulaye Faye, the 17-year-old showed that just maybe the new crop of youngsters coming through the system will be ready to contribute sooner rather than later. Son of former Hammers captain Steve Potts, Dan had just signed his first professional contract only a day before what turned out to be his first team debut. His rise to first team football is especially impressive considering he was diagnosed with leukemia at only 12 years old. An impressive game and congratulations to the youngster on his Man of the Match-worthy performance. Here’s to hoping for more from Mr. Potts and some of his Academy classmates.

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~ by ar_sage on December 19, 2011.

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