A West Ham academy prospect has left the club to join a Championship side – but his chances of starting do not look much better.

From the staff to ex players to current players, everyone involved with West Ham knows just how special the group of youngsters in the academy are. Normally there are only a couple of individuals that you think can go on to have good careers, but at the minute there’s plenty of them who could become top players.

One that many expected to make the cut was young keeper Jacob Knightsbridge. The 20-year-old made the bench on a number of occasions this past season but, surprisingly, the club chose not to extend his contract.

Instead, he will join Oxford United who have just been promoted to the Championship. While he is excited to be part of the project they’re building, he doesn’t necessarily expect to get much game time just yet. “As a young player you want to come to a club that has an ambition and I’m happy to be part of that now,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to come to a Championship club where hopefully whether it’s this year or next year I can play for Oxford and cement my career in football.”

“The idea is to come here and eventually play for this football club,” he continued. “Whether that’s staying and trying to do that this season or going out on loan. But the end goal is to become number one at Oxford and I hope to achieve that.”

Although he will no longer wear the claret and blue, everyone at The West Ham Way would like to wish Jacob the best of luck and hopefully he can achieve the goals that he’s laid out for himself at Oxford.

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