11 Nov 2003
A versatile defender, Jamal Baptiste broke into the U18 squad on a regular basis at the start of the 2018/19 season while still a schoolboy.
Tall, strong and comfortable in possession, Baptiste made his full debut in an U18 Premier League South win at Norwich City on 11 August 2018. By the season's end he had started 14 times.
The youngster's outstanding progress continued in the 2019/20 season as he made his debut for the U23s in a 1-0 Premier League International Cup win over Valencia 'B' on 11 September 2019, playing the full 90 minutes in a youthful-looking defence.
With the occasion arriving two months short of his 16th birthday, Baptiste became the second-youngest West Ham U23s player in history, behind only fellow U18s defender Jayden Fevrier.
An England U17 debut was swift to follow, as a 15-year-old Baptiste joined 16-year-old teammate Amadou Diallo in making his international bow against Germany Under-17s on Thursday 10 October 2019.
Having ended the 2019/20 campaign with ten appearances for the U23s to his name, Baptiste could be seen training alongside the first-team on their 2020/21 pre-season tour in Scotland.
He went on to make his maiden West Ham United appearance in the 5-1 pre-season win over Wycombe Wanderers in August 2020 as a 16-year-old, and was subsequently called up to England U18s for the first time in October 2020.
Baptiste cites the likes of Virgil van Dijk and former Academy mentor Matt Upson as amongst the players he bases his game on.
*Stats are U18 Premier League South matches only