David Moyes has revealed that there are huge concerns over the development of once highly-regarded defender Jamal Baptiste, as reported previously by ExWHUEmployee.

The Academy star, who became the second youngest U23 player in the clubs history at just 15, has of late seen his development falter, with our man-in-the-know reporting concerns months ago exclusively on The West Ham Way Podcast.

David Moyes has now confirmed the report from Ex, which has cast major doubts over Baptiste’s long term future in East London, with the boss eluding to personal issues derailing his progression.

“He’s had real problems,” admitted Moyes. “Problems I won’t discuss here. But real problems.

“Look, he’s someone we really like as a boy, like as a player. He’s had difficult times and he’s not helped himself, I’ve got to say, partly as well. But it’s not quite as smooth as I would like it to have been.”

The Hammers boss, clearly saddened by the developments of late regarding the defender, confessed that there were high expectations surrounding Baptiste at West Ham.

Baptiste has seen opportunities offered to him by the Scot, with the Academy star making 1st team appearances in both domestic cup competitions and in our Europa League group stage match against Dinamo Zagreb at London Stadium.

“We had really big hopes for him a couple of years ago,” added Moyes. “But he’s had difficulties to be honest.”

Ex will be providing more information on the situation next week on The West Ham Way Podcast on Patreon.