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Academy Quickfire Questions: Jamal Baptiste

 Jamal Baptiste


Each week, we'll be firing some of football's true 'need-to-know' questions towards promising products of the Academy of Football.

This week, it's the turn of 17-year-old defender Jamal Baptiste...

Quick Fact: Baptiste became the second-youngest player ever to play for West Ham United's reserve team when he lined up against Valencia 'B' back in September 2019 in a 1-0 win in the Premier League International Cup. Making his debut at 15 years, ten months and one day old, he's bettered only by U23s teammate Jayden Fevrier, with Mark Noble in third.
 

On the Field

Who got you into football?
My parents really guided me to pursue a career in sport

Favourite player growing up?
Probably Sergio Ramos or John Stones

Strongest attribute?
My confidence and my ability on the ball

Want to get better at?
I need to improve my leadership skills

Best moment of your career so far?
Making my U23s debut at 15-years-old against Valencia 'B', and my first-team debut against Doncaster in January

Biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
To always stay focused and concentrated
 

Off the Field

Favourite other sport?
Tennis

Favourite account to follow on Instagram?
@433 - it's great for football and makes me laugh

You’re watching at the moment…
I've just finished watching Lupin and I really enjoyed it!

If you weren’t a footballer you’d be…
An accountant!

Favourite song right now?
Drip From Me - Yxng Bane 

If you had one last meal?
Chinese - Egg Fried Rice and Sweet and Sour Chicken
 

Jamal Baptiste
 

Around the Academy

Best touch?
Alfie Lewis

Funniest?
Myself - no, I'm joking! Remy Coddington

Future manager?
Archie Woods

Most committed?
Joseph Anang

Better than they think they are?
Keenan Forson

Three teammates you’d be stuck on a desert island with?
Dan Chesters, Manny Longelo and Iyiola Adebayo
 

Quickfire Questions

YouTube or Instagram?
YouTube

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

New trainers or fresh trim?
Fresh trim

Messi or Ronaldo?
Lionel Messi

Win the Champions League or World Cup?
World Cup

Classic 40-yarder or dribble past everyone to score?
Dribble past everyone
 

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