Page is living the dream

West Ham United defender Lewis Page admits he is living the dream at the moment and hopes to force his way into the first-team squad under Slaven Bilic this season.

Page made his senior debut for the Club during the Europa League qualifier against FC Lusitans and made an immediate impression playing at left-back.

The 19-year-old defender has clearly impressed new manager Slaven Bilic and was named in the starting line-up for the final pre-season game against Werder Bremen last Sunday.

Page is expected to be in the squad once again for the Europa League tie against AFC Astra Giurgiu in Romania on Thursday and says he is desperate to impress the management once again.

Page said: “It is more about the experience that I am getting at the moment. Every time I step out onto the pitch it feels like a dream and hearing the crowd. It is something I am not used to.

“I want to push on and become a first-team player and that has to be my aim. There are players like Mark Noble and James Tomkins who are always there to help me through it and I cannot ask for much more.

“The manager has shown trust in me to play in the Europa League and I hope there is more to come.”

Despite failing to hold onto a two-goal lead from the first leg against Astra last week, Page is confident there is enough quality in the squad to help them reach the Play-Off round of the competition.

The talented youngster says he can only benefit from playing in the Europa League and testing himself against different types of opposition.

Page added: “With the mixture of senior and young players I'm sure we can go and get the job done.

“I have never been to Romania but I'm sure it will be a good experience. This is about showing our potential and catching the manager's eye for a first-team place.

“The young players have been training with the first-team and the sessions have been real high tempo. I can see the season going really well.”

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