Friday 18 Aug
Updated Friday 18 Aug 14:00
Academy

Henry hoping U18s can bounce back against Saints

Korrey Henry is hopeful the U18s can get off the mark against Southampton

 

Young midfielder Korrey Henry believes the U18s need some time to gel as a team before they reach their top levels in the Premier League U18 South division this campaign.

The young Hammers take on Southampton – like Slaven Bilic’s senior team – this weekend and will be hoping to bounce back after opening day disappointment at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Steve Potts and Mark Phillips’ men were beaten 3-1 on the south coast, though Henry did bag the visitors’ goal, heading home from a set piece, and almost added a second when he crashed against the post from 25 yards.

The Saints travel to Little Heath for an 11am kick-off, and Henry is hoping his squad can come together as one to get off the marks in terms of points.

He said: “Of course it is a big game for us this week to try and get our season going after losing the first game.

“Brighton was obviously our first game with a new team gelling together, but I’ve got no doubt that we can put a good performance in on Saturday and get the win.

“Off the pitch, we are a very close bunch and we obviously all know each other very well. I don’t think there will be any problems with that transferring to the pitch; sometimes it takes a little bit of time, but I think that will happen very soon and we will gel.

“I think we know what to expect from Southampton. I think they’ll go long a lot of the time and be quite physical. That’s another thing we’re going to just have to prepare for and be together as a team for it.”

The midfielder made his first competitive appearance for the Premier League 2 U23 outfit against Everton last week after impressing in the U18s throughout last campaign, scoring eleven times.

And the 17-year-old is hoping for a big season on a personal level this campaign.

He continued: “I always set myself big goals and I’m hoping to have a successful season this year. My goals are to be in the U23s this season, but obviously when I’m with the U18s I’ll always do my best.

“Last season, I played all over the pitch, but I’ve always been a deeper player rather than an attacker, but I’d say I’m versatile as well, so if I’m needed to play on the wing, up front, or wherever I’m asked. I don’t see that as a bad thing, I love doing my best in any position.

“Double figures is my target this season in terms of goals – last season I scored eleven so I want to break that this year, and hopefully get at least 15!”