Captain Sylvestre ready for Foxes

Swiss youngster Noha Sylvestre is enjoying his role as West Ham United's U18s captain
West Ham United U18s return to action after a weekend off Premier League action with a home game against table toppers Leicester City.

The Foxes have made a strong start to their campaign, winning all three of their opening games, scoring ten goals in the process.

One player likely to feature is midfielder and captain Noha Sylvestre: “We’ve been training really well recently, obviously we need to win this weekend so everyone is working hard.

“The second years are really setting an example for the new first years coming through. We’re all trying to lead the team and I can feel the good atmosphere around the squad at the moment.”

The Swiss U17 international has played in every game of the season so far and continued to say how much he is enjoying his role as U18 captain. 

“I’m really enjoying it. I like to take risks with my ability and to push myself. I like talking on the pitch and making sure everything is going alright. I like to think I can motivate the younger players around me and encourage them.

“Leicester are top of the table so we know they’re a strong team, it’s always been a difficult game whenever I’ve come up against Leicester. But I think we have enough to do well on Saturday, everyone will work really hard and I hope we will get a win.”

On top of his newfound responsibility, Sylvestre was one of the more senior players who made the journey to the Netherlands last week which faced AZ Alkmaar and FC Groningen.

Reflecting on the experience, the 17-year-old said he thought the weekend away would stand them in good stead for this Saturday’s match with the Foxes.

“I really enjoyed the trip to Holland, it was a good experience. The games were pretty tough because we came up against some first team players who were 23, and we were much younger  so it was a good challenge. In the second game, we were much, much better. We kept the ball well and only lost out to a last minute penalty which was unlucky.

“We were good against Tottenham where we drew 1-1 but we could have played much better against Fulham and Norwich. We know where we need to improve and we should demonstrate that this by getting the three points.”

Having made a strong start to the season, Sylvestre is hoping this is just the start of a big season as he hopes to bridge the gap between the U18s and U21s.

The ambitious midfielder finished by saying: “My targets for this season are to try and get a few games for the U21s while captaining the U18s as much as possible and setting an example to the younger players. The target by the end of the season is to be an established U21 player.”

West Ham United U18s host Leicester City at Little Heath, kick off 12pm. Admission is FREE for all fans so come down and see some of the stars of the future!