Moses Makasi is eyeing a big weekend for West Ham United's U18 and U21 sides.

The defensive midfielder is set to make his Development Squad debut on Friday evening following a superb breakthrough season for Steve Potts' youth team.

The second-year scholar has made 23 Barclays U18 Premier League appearances, shielding the back four as Potts' youngsters have stormed to the top of the South division table. On Saturday, the scholars will continue their title challenge with a trip to Everton.

However, Makasi will not be at Finch Farm, as the 18-year-old's form has earned him a call-up for Friday's 7pm Barclays U21 Premier League visit of Middlesbrough to the Boleyn Ground

"Hopefully we can put things right after losing at Arsenal U21s on Monday, and hopefully the youth team can win as well because we still want to get to the Play-Offs," said Makasi.

"It's good to push on with the U21s because that's the aim, so hopefully we can get a win there.

"I'm looking forward to playing at Upton Park in front of the fans, with the tradition and the atmosphere. It's a seven o'clock kick-off under the floodlights, so I can't ask for much more."

Aside from those supporters who venture down to Little Heath, few Hammers fans will be aware of Makasi's talents, so what is his background and what type of player is he?

"I've been at West Ham since I was nine and I originally come from the Lewisham area of south east London," he revealed.

"I'm a defensive midfield player who likes to break up the game, get on the ball and bring other players into the game. I don't go forward as much as the other players, but I like to break it up and tackle and let the other players shine - that's just my job.

"It's been really enjoyable in the U18s. We went eleven games unbeaten in the league, but obviously our FA Youth Cup third-round game at Accrington wasn't too good as we suffered a loss there.

"We have bounced back from that and we've got to the top and hopefully, if I do play a big part in that team, we can get to the play-offs at the end of the season.

"I think our consistency has been around the solid base of myself and Amos Nasha sitting and the back four. I think we've only conceded 23 goals and that's the least in the entire Barclays U18 Premier League, so that's good."

Now, Makasi is hoping to take his game to the next level, starting with Friday's date with Middlesbrough.

"You've just got to get used to the challenge of U21 football because, if you want to play first-team football, you've got to get used to playing against men who are stronger and quicker and wiser.

"It's a big step up for me so hopefully I can get to grips with the game and play my normal game the way I know.

"This will be my first U21 game, so hopefully I can put in a good performance and catch the eye and push on."

Admission to Friday's 7pm kick-off at the Boleyn Ground is free to Season Ticket Holders, £3 for Adults and £1 for Concessions.