Daniel Jinadu has been named as West Ham’s brightest first-year scholar prospect.
The Guardian have run a feature to identify that best academy players at each Premier League club.
And their opinion suggests that Jinadu is West Ham’s best asset in that age range.
First-year scholars are born between 1st September 2001 and 31st August 2002. Of those players, Jinadu is the one who has impressed The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg most.
But what do we know about this West Ham wonder-kid? We take a closer look…
Who is Daniel Jinadu?
Jinadu is a young goalkeeper, who is currently a first-year scholar at West Ham.
The 16-year-old competes with England under-17 international Serine Sanneh for the goalkeeper spot in the under-18 side.
Jinadu is above Sanneh in the pecking order but Joseph Anang, an England under-19 international, also plays for the under-18 side when he’s not with the under-23 team.
That has restricted Jinadu to just one league outing for the under-18s this season and he mainly features at a lower age group. He has also played a cup game for the under-18 side this season.
Jinadu’s one appearance in the league came against Aston Villa, where West Ham were downed by an 88th minute winner in a 1-0 loss.
It is always harder for goalkeepers to break into the first-team, especially at Premier League clubs.
Jinadu still has a long way to go before he can compete for first-team contention at West Ham.
There are many goalkeepers that currently stand between Jinadu and the first-team.
The talented teenager has got to work his way above Nathan Trott and Anang in the pecking order before he can even consider competing with the first-team stoppers.
But maybe we will see him emerge in a few years’ time in the first-team picture.