West Ham youngster Matthias Fanimo has all the credentials to become a future star for both club and country.
The England under-18 international has signed a one-month youth-loan deal with League Two outfit Tranmere Rovers as he looks to secure some regular first-team football.
Fanimo has risen through the Hammers academy and has made three appearances for the first-team; he is regarded extremely highly by the club but a short loan spell should help progress his development.
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The 20-year-old has an abundance of pace and can legitimately make the prestigious claim to be the fastest footballer in the world. The Hammers used GPS tracking technology to measure their academy players during games last season and the youngster’s stats were incredible.
He not only outpaced his peers, but can boast the fact of being quicker than both Real Madrid superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Theo Walcott and Aaron Lennon would also be no match for Fanimo in a foot race, though Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia might be able to match the Irons wingers for speed.
Pace is a quality that when utilised correctly can be devastating to opposition defences and Fanimo has it in spades.
He enjoys dribbling with the ball, running at defenders and committing his man. While he is also pretty sharp in front of goal too, as he demonstrated in a recent closed doors friendly, scoring four goals for a West Ham United XI in a 5-1 win against an Ipswich Town XI.
He has all the traits associated with the modern day footballing star and West Ham should provide him the perfect platform to shine.
Fanimo could return from his one-month loan spell and play a key part in the Hammers’ season if given the chance to unleash his pace on Premier League defenders by Sam Allardyce.
The youngster is reminiscent of Liverpool’s young starlet Raheem Sterling and, if allowed to, he could follow the same path into the Premier League’s elite and become a pivotal player on the international scene too.
Allardyce, though, must put his faith in the winger like Brendan Rodgers has with Sterling, which will allow him to reach his true potential in the knowledge that he has the trust and backing of his manager.