Super Seb catches the eye

Most West Ham United supporters will not have seen Seb Lletget in person before Tuesday's 2-1 pre-season win at Colchester United.

Following the young American's virtuoso display at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, they cannot wait to see him take to the pitch again.

The 20-year-old attacking midfielder showed exactly why the Club brought him to England as a teenager with a performance littered with sharp turns, probing passes and elusive dribbles. Afterwards, the Californian could hardly keep a smile off his face when asked to discuss his appearance on West Ham TV.

"Credit to all the players because they really put a good shift in and it was unbelievable for me to play in front of the fans in a big crowd," he said. "It was such a relief to get an appearance and a good 45 minutes in my first game in pre-season.

"I really work hard every day for these moments and thankfully a bit of my ability came out. I am just really glad I got the chance."

United States U23 international Lletget jets off with his West Ham team-mates for a ten-day tour of Germany on Wednesday, during which he will hope to feature for the first team again in pre-season matches against FSV Mainz, Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig.

"I definitely feel like my first-team opportunities are within arm's length, or even closer than that. I'm feeling confident and physically ready. We'll see where the season takes me, but hopefully it's going to be one to remember."

Lletget spent the summer with his family in San Francisco, where he cleared worked hard on his fitness and conditioning. The player who appeared in Colchester looked leaner and sharper than ever before.

"Thankfully we have such a good staff and they set me a great programme to follow. Thanks to them, I really put in a shift in the summer in terms of diet and gym work. It was all planned out really well."

Now 20, Lletget is aiming to make his mark on English football by making his first-team debut - following in the footsteps of another talented young midfielder called Joe Cole.

"I really hope my chance comes. I just take it day by day and I'm not getting ahead of myself. Like any player should, I take it day by day. First, we have the trip to Germany and three games, so hopefully I'll get some minutes to show what I can do.

"As far as specifics go, the staff have told me to show my attacking ability and to create things around the top of the box, which I know I can do. It will come and hopefully I'll show that.

"Even before the match, Joe told me to express myself, show no fear and to be confident. Especially coming from him, who has done it all, it is pleasure to play and train with him every day because I see how he works as a professional."

He may be 7,000 miles from home, but Lletget is hoping to do his family and friends proud by excelling for West Ham.

"My message to them would be thank you for everything while I was back home in the summer. I had such a great time with my friends Chris and Josh and my sisters and Mum and Dad. I love you guys."

Soon, Hammers fans will surely love Seb Lletget too.