Development Squad winger Blair Turgott is confident the league leaders can continue their fine form with a win over London rivals Chelsea on Friday night.

Six wins from eight games has seen the young Hammers rise to the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League ahead of their match against the Blues.

The pacey wide man is familiar with some of Chelsea's players and feels the team are suitably prepared for the challenge they will face at Aldershot's EBB Stadium.

He told West Ham TV: "It's always good to play against Chelsea as I know a couple of their players.

"It's going to be a good game and we know how they're likely to play so I'm really looking forward to it. Hopefully we can go out there, do what we do and get the three points."

Turgott and his teammates will be without the services of strike duo Paul McCallum and top-scorer Elliot Lee who are undertaking loan spells at Torquay United and Colchester United respectively.

The 19-year-old believes that while it's a blow to lose the goals the pair would have provided, it presents a chance for other players in the squad to impress.

"We know Elliot's a clinical striker and he's been scoring a lot of goals but it gives someone else a chance to step in and carry on where he left off.

"We've got great competition in the side and we have people chomping at the bit to play and want to impress. Whoever comes into the side is going to want to do themselves justice.

"With injuries like we sustained in the Wolves game the other day, a couple of people got injured in the warm-up, it's good that everybody's ready and we have people who want to play and want to prove themselves."

The Development Squad have been represented well in the first team so far with Lee, Pelly Ruddock, Leo Chambers, and Dan Potts all featuring at some point during the opening months of the season.

Chambers, Potts and Ruddock all played a full part as Sam Allardyce's team have made progress to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup and Turgott was happy to see them get an opportunity and hopes it is a sign of things to come.

He said: "It's great to see the boys play. They got their clean sheet as well which shows their progression and that they're doing well.

"You can see that there's a programme there and it can only be a good thing for the younger boys that they [Ruddock, Chambers and Potts] went in and did themselves justice [against Burnley].

"Hopefully a lot more opportunities for the younger boys will follow and if we keep putting in the performances you can see that there's a chance for you to develop."

The speed merchant is currently enjoying a good run in the starting line-up after finding himself on the bench in the opening few matches.

He freely admits that although it took him a while to get going this season, he is now feeling back to his best.

"I've grown into the season, I had a slow start but as the season's gone on I've done well and felt happier in the games that I've played in.

"I'm happy with my performance level and I've got a lot of assists this season and now I'm looking to get some goals. As the season's gone on I've grown into it and I feel better in myself which is showing with my performances."