16 Oct 2001
A tenacious, energetic midfield player, Keenan Appiah-Forson joined West Ham United at the age of 14 following a successful trial.
He began his scholarship with the Academy of Football in the summer of 2018, having broken into West Ham United's U18 squad the previous season.
Appiah-Forson's U18 Premier League debut took place on 21 October 2017, in a 1-0 home win over Reading, and he tallied five appearances at that level while still a schoolboy.
As a first-year scholar, the teenager was a regular in the U18 squad in 2018/19, appearing 17 times in the league. An U23 debut also arrived in October 2018, in a 2-1 Premier League 2 Division 1 defeat at Everton.
Appiah-Forson began the 2019/20 season in impressive form, earning himself a call-up to Dmitri Halajko's U23s squad in early September.
The then-17-year-old entered the field in the unfamiliar position of right-back with West Ham United U21s trailing 4-1 at half-time to Newport County in the Leasing.com Trophy.
His impressive performance helped nullify the hosts' wide threat in an eventual 5-4 turnaround, earning him a start in defence in the 1-0 win against Valencia 'B' in the Premier League International Cup a week later.
After impressing during 17 appearances for the U18s during the curtailed 2019/20 season - including opening the scoring against title rivals Chelsea in a 2-1 win - Appiah-Forson signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2020.
*Stats are U23 Premier League 2 Division 2 matches only