Potts: Anton Can Make It

While the football headlines are dominated by Rio Ferdinand's 'will he, won't he?' move from Leeds to Manchester United, former Hammers defender Steve Potts says he can envisage Anton Ferdinand emulating his famous older brother in the fullness of time.

"He seems to have a similar sort of character and playing style, so I don't see why not," says the player who served the Hammers man and boy before moving on in the summer.

And he should be a decent enough judge of Anton, having played with big brother Rio in the first team.

"Rio was outstanding; you always got the impression that everything was so easy for him, even at a young age, and what we have seen him do over the summer doesn't really surprise me at all," says Steve.

One could argue that Steve was a product of West Ham's best youth team ever until the likes of Rio and Joe Cole came along, and he adds: "There has been a little group of them who have emerged recently - a club like West Ham need a steady stream of youngsters coming through and will continue to do so.

"If they can produce one or two players a year, it will stand them in good stead.

"They are not a club that can survive just buying players all the time, so they need their own, home-grown players to break through."

Looking back on his West Ham career - which spanned 19 years - 'Pottsy' says of the low points: "Getting knocked out the cups at the later stages of the competitions were disappointing - and getting relegated.

"When you drop down a division you play a different sort of football and you have to battle your way out."

Having played under more than half the managers West Ham have had in their history, Steve is well-placed to assess the merits of Glenn Roeder, incumbent number nine in the hot seat, about whom he insists he has no hard feelings.

"Glenn's way is to be very thorough and professional and he did very well last year," says Steve.

And a last word?

"I'd like to think the fans look at me and say I did okay for West Ham and always gave 100%.

"Am I the last of the old school? Moncs is still carrying on!"