Europa Conference League Champion Seals Move To League One

League One outfit Wycombe Wanderers have confirmed the signing of West Ham United midfielder Freddie Potts on a loan until the end of the season.

Potts has spent his entire career with the Hammers, making his competitive debut aged 18, and so moving to Adams Park will be the first loan of his career as of yet.

The 19-year-old is joining Matt Bloomfield’s side as a European champion, having won the UEFA Europa Conference League with his boyhood club back in June after West Ham put Fiorentina to the sword in a historic win for the English team.

The Chairboys also announced that Potts will be available for Joe Jacobson’s testimonial tomorrow against Cardiff City and could make his debut.

Bloomfield’s comments

Head coach Bloomfield admitted that he recently watched Potts in training with West Ham and knew he wanted to try and secure his signature on loan.

Speaking to club media after confirmation of Potts’ move, the 39-year-old was full of praise for his new midfielder:

“We went along to watch West Ham train at the end of last season and Freddie was a player who stood out, and we identified him as someone we’d love to bring in on loan, so I’m really pleased we’ve been able to make it happen.”

Bloomfield also commented on Potts’ style of play, admitting that the youngster is perfect for his brand of football:

“He plays with real energy and athleticism in the middle of the park and will really suit the way we want to play, so I’m excited to see how he develops throughout the season with us.”

Writer’s View

Signing Potts in League One is a tremendous acquisition. The young midfielder is highly thought-of at the London Stadium and even got on the bench eight times during the London club’s successful European campaign last term.

However, given the level of quality in the Hammers’ first-team squad, game-time would be few and far between for Potts in the upcoming season and so a loan move away for a year is important for his development.

Wycombe Wanderers are getting a tremendous player with exceptional technical ability and someone who will slot straight into the starting eleven.

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