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Youngster thanks fans for support after Hammers first team debut

West Ham United youngster Toni Martinez has thanked Hammers fans for their ‘incredible’ support after his first team debut at the weekend.

The Spaniard – who moved to East London from La Liga side Valencia in the summer of 2016 – came on as a second half substitute in West Ham’s 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town on Sunday.

Martinez earned his call-up after an impressive first half of the season with Terry Westley’s U23s in which he has scored 10 goals, and the 20-year-old said he is delighted to have finally made his debut for the first team and thanked the fans for their brilliant support.

“It’s always good to hear the support from the fans and I’m really happy to make my debut finally, so now I promise that I’m just going to keep working and I’m sure that more chances will arrive,” he said.

“I’m going to keep working for more opportunities and I’m sure they will arrive. It’s unbelievable to hear the support the fans have for me. When I was warming up, I could hear them singing my name and that’s incredible. I never played for the first team before, so it was great. We have some of the best fans in the world and I’m proud of that.

“I’ve been working hard for 18 months since I arrived here for that 20 minutes on the pitch and I just tried to do my best. I didn’t get any chances but I’m sure that, in the next game, we’ll get chances and win the three points.”

The Hammers will get a second bite at the cherry when they take on Shrewsbury in the replay at the London Stadium in the coming weeks.