West Ham are set to start contract negotiations with Callum Marshall before letting him go out on loan this January, according to reports.

The Academy of Football has always produced some of Europe’s best players, it is how it got its name, but over recent years it seemed to have lost its way. 

Fortunately, West Ham are lucky enough to now have one of the most promising group of youngsters in the country. After winning their league and the FA Youth Cup last season, the current U21s have gone on to reach new heights this campaign.

One of the main stars is striker Callum Marshall who is comfortably the Premier League 2’s top scorer with 16 goals. His impressive form has seen him play for his country already on a number of occasions.

Unsurprisingly, as our own ExWHUEmployee has confirmed on a number of occasions, the Hammers are keen to renew the Northern Irishman’s contract before it expires in the Summer.

At youth level, he is one of the hottest prospects in the world and it should come as no surprise given his record. However, his lack of opportunities in the first team are said to be a stumbling block in proceedings. You would assume that if he continues to develop at this rate, it can only be a matter of time before he gets his big break. 

In order to make sure he progresses, the Irons are willing to let him go out on loan in January, according to The Belfast Telegraph. If he was to go away and prove himself in a professional league, it might open the door to him getting more regular minutes in the West Ham first team. 

Technically, there is no doubt that he is good enough but it is a matter of if he can match the physicality that the professional game brings. Our Irons have a very special talent on our hands, and the club should do everything in their power to keep hold of him.

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