“I think the mentality and style of play of Indian teams is similar to English clubs” – West Ham United star Jamal Baptiste

“I think the mentality of going out and keeping the ball is obviously the same (between the Indian and English teams). I think they know when to press and when not to press. I think playing different teams that we will probably never face during the season and the experiences of playing with different types of teams have been very good,” said Jamal Baptiste.

West Ham United FC is a club with an incredibly rich Premier League heritage and history. They have a famous academy which has produced some of the most promising football talent of the last decades. Jamal Baptiste, 19, is the latest new prospect to rise through the ranks. Expected to reach incredible heights in his career, the defender signed his first professional contract with West Ham United FC aged 17.

Last season, he became their second youngest representative at U23 level apart from also featuring for the England national team in the U18 age group. Many at West Ham club compare him to fellow academy graduate Declan Rice, who has risen to resounding success both at club and international level in recent years.

Baptiste is part of the West Ham squad touring India for the Reliance Foundation presents the Premier League Next Generation Cup. The Hammers finished second in Group A behind Stellenbosch FC after winning one and drawing two in their three group stage matches. Having played for the FA Cup senior side and being part of the UEFA Europa Conference League bench, Baptiste is one of the senior members of the visiting contingent. He is looking to pass on his learning from previous experiences to the current group of budding youngsters in the West Ham squad.


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