Divin Mubama has, to no surprise, won the Mark Noble Ward for Young Hammet of the Year after a breathtaking season.
When it comes to young prospects at West Ham, Mubama is the most exciting one we’ve had since Rice. Mubama has been scoring for fun for both the U21s and U18s and was crucial to the latter in winning their double.
‘Obviously, it’s a lovely moment and I’m grateful,’ said the youngster after winning the award. ‘It’s something that is a reward for my hard work this season, so I’m just glad to get this award!’ There was no doubt as to who was going to win it as, while there are some great talents in the academy at the minute, Mubama is the one who everyone is raving about.
A big change has happened this season, with West Ham losing former captain Mark Noble as a player and gaining him as part of the back room staff. He’s been working closely with the youth side and he’s someone that the youngesters, including Divin, look up to. ‘Me and Nobes have a great relationship off the pitch,’ Mubama claimed, ‘even from when I was an U15, with the conversations we’ve had, I’m glad to get the award with his name on it.’
‘I just want to keep going on and impressing Newham and the whole of east London. It’s been massive.’ He certainly has been impressing East London so far, with him starting to get first team minutes this season, it starts to beg the question: what will his role be next season? While he may face stiff competition, there is no doubt that he’s expected to gain more experience and, if he keeps on developing, could go on to be an Antonio replacement in the long term.
The Newham boy has been at the club since just 8 years old and could be the next player to carry that West Ham DNA into the future. With ex players such as Noble and Keen supporting him it’s no surprise that he, evidently, knows exactly what the club is about. If he does go on to reach his potential and become a regular starter, he’d be joining a prestigious list of graduates from the self-proclaimed Academy of Football and would have to grow into a special player to get anywhere near the top part of that list.
For now, he’s taking the right steps to become the best player he can be. His goal will be to keep up his impeccable form in the youth team and slowly, but surely, make more appearances for the first team. The sky’s the limit for the striker and, if all goes well, he will surely be flying high in the Premier League sooner rather than later.
Written by Charlie Bass