Teenage midfielder pleased with solid start



  • Young midfielder Alfie Lewis impressed in West Ham PL2’s clash at Swansea City on Friday night
  • The 16-year-old starred as the Hammers enjoyed the majority of possession
  • He was left disappointed with the defeat and felt the visitors should have had more

Midfielder Alfie Lewis was disappointed to come away from the Liberty Stadium empty handed on Friday after the Hammers performed well but were eventually beaten 2-0 by Swansea City.
The 16-year-old started in West Ham United PL2’s midfield and showed his maturity, impressing as the Hammers dominated possession particularly in the opening period.
Manager Terry Westley sung Lewis’ praises after the game, and the teenager admitted he is feeling confident after a great start to the campaign.
He said: “It’s early in the season, but it’s good to start well and I want to build on that now. I’ve scored two in two for the U18s this season and I’m really confident at the moment as it’s gone well for me.
“I’ve got to keep it going and keep performing now to a consistent level.
“In the first half against Swansea, we kept the ball very well and were unlucky not to be in the lead and then second half, I don’t think they really deserved the game overall with the chances we created and got, so it’s tough on us for sure.
“I thought I did well in midfield. It’s always tough getting up and down the pitch but I think I did OK and I just need to build on this performance to try and get into the squad and team for the next game as well.”
The youngster played in the centre with the more experienced Moses Makasi and now is looking ahead to the side’s EFL Trophy tie against Coventry City on Tuesday.
“I think Moses and I in midfield controlled the game well first half, but the whole team maybe lacked a little bit of quality in the final third and that’s why we didn’t win the game.
“You have to make chances and take them and I think our final ball was lacking a bit, so it’s frustrating for us.
“If I’m involved with the lads, I’m really looking forward to Tuesday at Coventry. I think the EFL Trophy will be tough for us, and there’s a lot of competition. Playing against first teams, it’s going to be hard.
“With our squad as well, there are a lot of players looking for first team appearances, so it’s a chance for the younger lads to push on and take the opportunity.
“This season for me, of course I want to cement my place in the 23s and also play 18s football obviously too. Hopefully it will be a bit of both for me this campaign.”