Ones to Watch: West Ham United

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by Ashley Houghton

safc.com profiles three key men for the Hammers.

Ravel Morrison

England U21 international Ravel Morrison has risen to Barclays Premier League prominence during the 2013-14 campaign.

The former Manchester United youth joined the Hammers in 2011 before going out on loan to Championship outfit Birmingham City a season later to gain some first-team experience.

The Wythenshawe-born midfielder starred during his spell at St. Andrews, making 30 appearances and scoring three goals.

Morrison returned to the Boleyn Ground ahead of the 2013-14 season and he has featured regularly under Sam Allardyce, notching five goals in 12 appearances.

His fine solo goal in the Hammers’ 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane was one of the best of the season so far.

Joe Cole

Former England international Joe Cole returned to his boyhood club ahead of the 2013-14 season after an illustrious career saw him enjoy spells with Chelsea, Liverpool and Lille.

Cole came through the Hammers’ famous youth system and went on to make 150 first-team appearances between 1998 and 2003 before joining Chelsea.

The 32-year-old enjoyed a successful seven-year stay at Stamford Bridge as the Blues won three Barclays Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two League Cups.

Cole moved to Anfield in 2010 and recorded a total of 42 appearances in two seasons on Merseyside, a spell which was split by his time on loan at French Ligue 1 club Lille.

The Paddington-born midfielder returned to East London with the Hammers last season and has scored four times in 19 games.

Cole also won 56 caps for England, scoring on ten occasions and playing in three World Cups.

Mohamed Diame

Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame has continued to impress in the Barclays Premier League since initially joining Wigan Athletic in 2009.

Diame began his career with Lens before joining Linares and then Rayo Vallecano of Spain where he was spotted by the Latics.

The 26-year-old spent three years at the DW Stadium and scored his first goal for Wigan in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Diame moved to the capital in 2012 and has since made 52 appearances, scoring four goals.

The powerful midfielder has also been capped 19 times by Senegal.