Busy Howes upbeat despite defeat

Sam Howes is travelling to Liverpool before joining up with England U19
They say life as a goalkeeper can be a lonely one, yet at least for 17-year-old Sam Howes, it is certainly not quiet.

Having played and performed admirably against a dominant Arsenal side, the shotstopper faces a short turnaround before travelling to Liverpool this morning as the Hammers’ third keeper as cover for Darren Randolph and Raphael Spiegel.

Speaking as he left the Emirates: “I’m going home for a few hours’ sleep before getting up bright and early to go to Liverpool.

“Anfield would be an amazing play to make my debut, obviously I’m only there as back up to Darren and Rafa if they need it. I’m not expecting to be involved but it will still be an amazing experience.
As if that were not enough, Howes will then join up with the England U19 squad as they prepare to play Germany and Croatia.

Speaking after the defeat to the Gunners, Howes surmised: “Even though we lost 5-0 I still think we can take some positives out of it. From the first two games of the season also, particularly against West Brom we played really well.

“We had glimpses of that, we passed it and moved it around pretty well. But we had too many costly errors and we paid the price.”

Despite shipping five goals, Howes was one of the standout performers for the Hammers, pulling off a string of impressive saves.

In fact, Howes’ maturity on and off the pitch have long impressed coaches for club and country.  

“It’s a fantastic stadium and a great place to play at. These are the places that you aspire to play at. Obviously Reece Oxford played here not long ago for the first team. We now want to do it here for ourselves. It’s a great that the gaffer and all the coaches trust in young players. 

“As a team I’m sure we’ll learn a lot from the defeat. As you go up the levels mistakes become more and more costly because you get punished more often. All the errors we made tonight were punished.

“Next week in training I’m sure everyone will be working that bit harder to iron the mistakes out and hopefully they won’t happen ever again.”

Despite the defeat, personally at least, Howes has continued to progress and development into one of the most promising goalkeepers of his generation.

Reflecting on his call up to the England U19’s, he beamed: “It’s always an honour to play for your country at every age level. I’ve played for U16, U17 and U18 but now to move up to the U19 is an absolute honour and privilege. It’s a great feeling to wear the Three Lions badge.

“I’ve been working hard for this, on and off the pitch. I’d like to thank JJ (Jerome John) and all the other coaches who have helped me along the way. There’s still a long way to go, I want to be the best goalkeeper I can possibly be.”