Promising Ghanaian midfielder Keenan Appiah-Forson marked his West Ham United senior team debut on Tuesday in their pre-season win against Northampton Town.
The Hammers scored their first win of the pre-season with a hard-earned 2-1 victory at Northampton Town.
The budding midfielder who has been likened to Chelsea’s great N’golo Kante because of great talent, was handed his debut start in the senior team by manager David Moyes for assessment ahead of the upcoming season.
The Hammers were quick off the mark against their EFL League Two opponents and went ahead inside two minutes when the lively Jarrod Bowen’s right-wing cross was shinned into the top corner of his own net by home defender Sid Nelson.
And it was 2-0 to Stuart Pearce’s side eleven minutes later when a slick piece of interplay ended with captain Manuel Lanzini teeing up Conor Coventry and the Republic of Ireland U21 international finished accurately from outside the penalty area.
Appiah-Forson 19, who was an instrumental member of the West Ham U23 team last season, impressed in the game as he lasted the full duration of the game against the lower-tier side.
The Cobblers did pull a goal back through Sam Hoskins before half-time and created chances after replacing all ten outfield players in the second half, but goalkeeper Nathan Trott stood firm to ensure West Ham would travel back down the M1 as winners.
Appiah-Forson, played 17 games for West Ham United U23 team last season, scoring three goals to his credit. The youngster will be hoping to make a breakthrough to the senior team when 2021/22 Premier League starts in August.