The Hammers supremo suggested it would be difficult for teenagers such as Reece Oxford to play ahead of the club’s “seasoned internationals”

West Ham co-chairman David Gold drew the ire of fans on Saturday after suggesting it was “extremely unlikely” that the club’s top academy players would break into the first team as teenagers.

Many Hammers supporters have been unhappy with the lack of minutes given to prospects such as Reece Oxford this season despite the 12th-placed club’s mediocre performances.

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Oxford made his Premier League debut as a 16-year-old in 2015 and turned in an impressive display against Arsenal in the first of seven appearances that season, but has not played a single minute in the English top flight during the current campaign.

And Gold did not help matters when responding to a tweet critical of Slaven Bilic’s reluctance to use the London-born defender or his fellow academy graduate Reece Burke this season.

Fans of West Ham and other clubs alike questioned the description of the Hammers’ first-team players as “seasoned internationals” while pointing out the success of the likes of Tom Davies, Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli this season.

West Ham have previously given the likes of Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick their Premier League debuts.