Sebastian Lletget came off the bench and played 45 minutes in West Ham United’s 2-1 victory over Colchester in a preseason friendly on Tuesday. And from reading the in-game commentary on West Ham’s official site, the 20-year-old midfielder played pretty well in the second half. The photo above came courtesy of @NickyHayesPhoto.
46 mins – Colchester get the second half underway, but not before we enjoy some Bon Jovi over the PA system. Lletget is immediately into the action, winning the ball back from Bean in midfield.
47 mins – Lletget again, intercepting a pass from Sears and running at the Colchester back four. He tries to pick out Maiga’s run to his left, but the No11 is offside. Lletget clasps his hands together in frustration. Cole was galloping up unmarked to his right, too.
53 mins – Lletget wins another corner. Cole takes again right-footed and Cousins flaps and can only help the ball out for a throw on the far side. West Ham attack again and Taylor’s cross to the far post is helped wide by Maiga. To be fair to the striker, he was under severe pressure and stretching for the ball.
57 mins – Lletget collects on the edge of the D and cuts onto his right foot before shooting a couple of yards over the crossbar. Good stuff from the American.
69 mins – Lletget’s neat turn and pass inside the full-back is good and Jarvis wins a corner. It’s taken short and Colchester clear when Cole’s cross comes in.
75 mins – Outstanding from Lletget. He gets ‘Ooohs’ and cheers from the crowd as he turns on a sixpence (a 5p coin for the younger ones) on the edge of the D and leaves two defenders grasping at air. Vaz Te almost benefits as Cousins just about diverts his shot into the side netting. The corner is cleared.
79 mins – I have been watching Seb Lletget play since he joined the Club and I can honestly say this is the sharpest I’ve ever seen him look. He is quick and elusive on the ball and snapping away at his opponents when not in possession. Very good.
85 mins – Lletget creates again, clipping a ball over for Collison. Unfortunately, it’s a yard too strong and Cousins flies out to collect on the slide.
89 mins – Lletget and Collison combine on the edge of the box before Maiga heads wide.
Lletget, who turns 21 in September, has been at West Ham since 2009 and scored two goals in 23 games with West Ham’s U-21 team last season. He did dress in five games with the first team last season (four league and one FA Cup), but has yet to make a first team appearance. If he continues to play like he did on Tuesday, there is a good chance he could make his Premier League debut in 2013-14.