By 90Min
November 25, 2017

David Moyes has revealed the reason why young West Ham striker Toni Martinez can't expect a first team opportunity any time soon, despite scoring for fun in the development squad.

The Spaniard has already hit double figures this season and scored an impressive 17 goals last term since he signed from Valencia.

Speaking in a press conference, reported by Football London, Moyes listed the attacking options at his disposal ahead of Martinez in the pecking order.


"The bigger problem for Toni Martinez is that he got competition in front of him. People who are centre forward, Ayew, Sakho, Andy Carroll, so we have people who can do that role."

However, the new Hammers boss maintained his willingness to develop youth players.

"I have always wanted to produce young players and bring them through, especially when the time is right. I think Declan Rice has already played and been in."

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Martinez enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Oxford United last season, and even managed to score in their 3-0 League Cup win over Newcastle United.

He has been the name on West Ham fans' lips after he made the bench for their 2-0 loss against Watford after Andre Ayew was ruled out with illness and Michail Antonio remained injured.

The fans proceeded to sing his name throughout the game, calling for him to come on to replace Andy Carroll but it was wantaway striker Diafra Sakho who came on in his place in the 65th minute.

As West Ham continue to struggle for goals, Martinez could be just the man to save them from the relegation battle ahead.

Former manager Slaven Bilic constantly overlooked the Spain Under-19 international, and it looks like Moyes could do the same as he didn't even make the bench for Friday's 1-1 draw with Leicester City at the London Stadium.

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