West Ham United academy boss Tony Carr is confident his brightest players will get a senior chance under manager Gianfranco Zola.

"I think a lot of young players will blossom with Gianfranco Zola and Steve Clarke with the way they are working them," Carr told whufc.com.

"Speaking to Gianfranco, he's very much youth-orientated and wants the young players to do well and to give them opportunities. It's my responsibility to ensure that they are good enough and hopefully we are taking steps in that direction."

The likes of Marek Stech, Jordan Spence and Junior Stanislas are all on the verge of joining the six homegrown players at the club who have made their first-team bow - namely James Tomkins, Jack Collison, Mark Noble, Kyel Reid, Zavon Hines and Freddie Sears. Carr is optimistic they will not be the last. "The idea is the youth team every Saturday is the vehicle for young players to develop.

"Whether we win cups or are top or bottom of the league, the objective is the same and that is to push one or two players into that first team squad and that's the aim this year. We look at Freddie Sears and he's old hat now as he's been with the first team for nearly a year. So we're now looking at the next one or two that can make the step and hopefully by the end of the season one or two of them will have come to the fore."