David Moyes could save West Ham United millions in future transfer windows by unleashing one of his promising academy stars.
Armstrong Oko-Flex signed for the Irons as a free agent during the summer after his contract at Celtic expired, and he has been in fine form for the U23 squad.
He continued to catch the eye this week with yet another goal as Dmitri Halajko’s were defeated by Leicester City on Monday.
The versatile and promising 19-year-old, who can play on the wing or up front, bagged his sixth goal of the 2021/22 campaign and must be on the mind of Moyes heading into a busy fixture list.
Should Oko-Flex be in West Ham’s first team?
Upon signing a professional deal at the London Stadium, Oko-Flex revealed his inspiration to the club’s official website.
“I grew up admiring a few players. Ronaldinho because he was just gifted; Brazilian Ronaldo, who, for a No.9, had everything; and Jay-Jay Okocha, because my parents are originally from Nigeria, and he’s someone I grew up watching on YouTube – he did some crazy things back in the past.
“I also like to entertain, but it’s also about doing it in the right amount. Goals win you games, and I’m an attacker, so goals and assists are very important to me.”
Meanwhile, during his time in Scotland, the teenage sensation even made two senior appearances for the SPFL giants – former manager Brendan Rodgers, now at the Hammers’ top-flight rivals Leicester City, once dubbed him a “very talented boy” in one interview, via The Sun.
Oko-Flex could be an intriguing option for Moyes and the first-team setup consider, mostly because of his versatility. It’s no secret that the lack option in the final third, with Michail Antonio the only recognised centre-forward.
Whilst players like Andriy Yarmolenko are simply not worth persisting with, particularly when there are promising talents emerging from their exciting Chadwell Heath academy, like the Republic of Ireland U19 international.
Halajko believes his attacking dynamo is “clinical” and that his “finishing is fantastic”, having impressed during friendly with non-league outfit Aldershot Town earlier in the season.
Once on the books at London rivals Arsenal, Oko-Flex would be well worth having in and around the squad, especially with further Europa League and domestic cup competitions on the horizon.
By unleashing this 19-year-old gem into the first-team, Moyes could save GSB and the club millions of pounds.
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