Daprela eager to get started

Fabio Daprela believes he is in the perfect place to realise his undoubted potential.

The Switzerland Under-19 defender joined West Ham United on a five-year deal last week, jetting into London after representing his country at the UEFA European U19 Championship in Ukraine.

Daprela, who has moved to London from Grasshopper Zurich in his homeland, wants to follow in the long line of illustrious names to come off the Academy of Football's famed conveyor belt of talent.

In a week that will climax with the second annual Bobby Moore Cup fixture, which will see West Ham host SSC Napoli at the Boleyn Ground, the 18-year-old singled out the Hammers and England great as the player he most looked up to.

"I know West Ham United is the Academy of football and they had Bobby Moore, a great captain in 1966," said Daprela, who has also been impressed by the performances of the club's present-day stars.

"I know quite a few players already from the television - Matthew Upson, Jack Collison, Carlton Cole and Herita Ilunga."

Daprela, who will train with his new team-mates for the first time this week, is also excited about the prospect of linking up with the club's band of promising youngsters, including wingers Junior Stanislas and Daniel Kearns, who he marked when the Swiss took on Northern Ireland in Belfast in April.

Now, he wants to carry his promising performances into the Barclays Premier League.

"I wanted to join with the other youngsters in the team. I know Stanislas is a great football and I saw the goal he scored on the television in Switzerland.

"I played against Daniel Kearns, who is a good player, very fast and good dribbling. I want to play with the first team in the Premier League."