08 Jun 2000
A jovial character with rapid reflexes and admirable agility, Ghana-born goalkeeper Joseph Anang is a promising prospect between the posts.
Having joined the Club as a Scholar in July 2017, Anang had to wait patiently for his debut whilst international clearance was obtained, but gained valuable experience and insight during 2017/18 when he trained regularly alongside then-first-team goalkeeper Adrian and the senior squad.
The teenager made five U18 Premier League starts during his first season in Claret and Blue, debuting with a clean sheet in a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in March 2018 having moved to England to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Anang spent July 2018 on pre-season tour with the first-team squad, before kicking-off the 2018/19 campaign as the U18s' first-choice goalkeeper, making seven appearances for the side, and his first eight Premier League 2 appearances, debuting in September 2018. Subsequently called up for England U19s, he also then began training and traveling to first-team matches regularly with the main squad.
In 2019/20, Anang played in all but one league game for the development squad as they enjoyed an unbeaten Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign, lifting the title and clinching promotion. He also featured in his first-ever Premier League match-day squad - away at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day 2019 - and made an England U20s debut in a 3-0 win over Iceland in November.
Anang continues to train with the first team and star for the West Ham United U23s side, saving a first-half penalty in their opening game of 2020/21 away at Southend United.