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Kaur Bath makes West Ham debut | Singh: This is epic

Sikh-Punjabi midfielder Roop Kaur Tub capped an unforgettable few weeks with a debut for West Ham Ladies in her first style of senior soccer.

Kaur Tub, who has solely simply joined West Ham’s WSL full-time academy, was given 25 minutes off the bench by supervisor and former England worldwide Paul Konchesky as a younger aspect misplaced 3-1 to Hashtag United at Parkside in a pre-season fixture.

Roop Kaur West Ham debut
Picture: Roop Kaur Tub warms up at half-time in opposition to Hashtag United

The midfielder, who’s supported by the Sporting Equals and Sky Sports activities partnership, confirmed some neat touches and put in a composed efficiency in entrance of 350 followers as she made her first look for the Hammers, aged simply 16 years and 11 days.

Senior gamers Grace Garrad, Jess Ziu, Keira Flannery, Alex Hennessy and Sophie Hillyerd have been all concerned, with the remainder of the first-team squad – together with current summer time signings Viviane Asseyi and Thea Kyvag – watching on and supporting their youthful team-mates.

Singh: That is epic

Apna England official supporters’ group spokesperson Micky Singh advised Sky Sports activities Information: “That is epic information and can give a lot hope to so many women from all backgrounds that there’s a pathway for them within the ladies’s sport.

“Everybody at Apna England is delighted for Roop and actually pleased with her and her household who’ve by no means given up and fought tirelessly to offer one of the best alternative for her expertise to shine.”

West Ham Ladies academy supervisor Dan Mlinar mentioned the match was a great studying curve for the gamers who will type a part of his squad for the approaching season.

“It is really the primary minutes that our academy gamers have had since returning for pre-season, so it was good for them to be again out on the grass,” he advised West Ham’s official web site.

“We had gamers making their West Ham debut, we had gamers {playing} of their first-ever match in opposition to older gamers – and for some it was their first-ever match in entrance of a crowd!”

‘A priceless expertise’

Mlinar added: “It was a priceless expertise for all of them, and I am positive they are going to take many issues from the sport. They’ve performed alongside various first-team gamers, in order that they’ve seen the extent that they should get to in the event that they need to be a fixture of the first-team squad.

“It is a good time for these children to be on the soccer membership, as a result of there’s a clear ethos right here of having the ability to promote from inside if we’ve the correct calibre of participant that is prepared for first-team motion.

“Our WSL academy workforce can have fairly a younger squad this season, however I noticed sufficient to indicate that this group has one thing. We have solely actually had about 5 or 6 classes since we returned for pre-season, so I am wanting ahead to some extra matches and seeing the women develop.”

Kaur Tub was the thriller schoolgirl who left Sky Sports activities Information viewers shocked again in March final 12 months when she did nearly 1,100 kick-ups for Worldwide Ladies’s Day, aged simply 14.

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Roop Kaur Tub did 1,059 lockdown kick-ups for Worldwide Ladies’s Day aged simply 14

After two spells with QPR, the Sikh-Punjabi central midfielder joined London Bees for the 2021/22 season, solely telling Sky Sports activities Information on the time that she was eager to step out of her consolation zone and take a look at herself in a brand new atmosphere.

A Middlesex Centre of Excellence graduate, Kaur Tub was a part of the Ruislip Rangers aspect that gained the Capital Ladies County Cup for the primary time within the membership’s historical past.

Kaur Tub additionally represented Middlesex at county degree final time period, that includes in a 4-3 win in opposition to MK Dons.

Talking on the finish of final season, Kaur’s coach at former membership London Bees John Ryan pointed to the midfielder’s technical and tactical means as a great indicator of her potential within the sport.

At West Ham, Kaur Tub will work beneath famend expertise developer Stephen Opoka, and ex-Millwall Lionesses boss and lifelong Hammers fan Mlinar, who was introduced in as academy supervisor by West Ham Ladies basic supervisor Aidan Boxall.

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