Sears wants Saturday service

Freddie Sears is eager to stake his claim for a place against Blackpool this weekend.

The lifelong Hammer, who has been signed to the club since the age of eleven, has kept his head down waiting patiently for a chance. He gave Sam Allardyce a hint of what he could do this summer with two decisive goals in glamour friendlies away to FC Copenhagen and at home to Real Zaragoza.

He got some valuable minutes off the bench at Crystal Palace just over a week ago and followed that up with a tremendous goal in a 2-0 friendly win in front of Neil McDonald at Thurrock last Tuesday. Always willing, Sears is in flying form and full of belief that he can play a part for the Hammers.

"The aim is to catch the manager's eye," Sears told West Ham TV. "Every time you play, you have to give him something to think about. I was delighted to score at Thurrock, to get on the pitch and get some minutes. It was about doing the job properly and that's what we did."

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Although he does not turn 22 until next month, Sears is maturing into a model professional and knows he has bide his time - especially with the strength in depth. He is determined that when the call comes, he is ready, and is focusing on trying to earn a spot against Blackpool this weekend.

"The ambition is to get a start. Obviously it is hard at the minute. There are a lot of good players in the squad. Everyone is in the same boat, you have to do your best to try and get in the starting eleven. It is nice to be able to show Macca and the gaffer what you can do. You just have to take the chance when you get it."

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