Danny Webb determined to keep up Leyton Orient’s strong tradition when it comes to the success of their academy

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 November 2017

Steven Alzate, in action for Leyton Orient last season, goes past two Grimsby Town opponents (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Steven Alzate, in action for Leyton Orient last season, goes past two Grimsby Town opponents (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Former O’s boss is enjoying life at Brisbane Road again and is hoping to find several more talented youngsters from the local area

Ross Embleton (pic: Simon O'Connor).Ross Embleton (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Danny Webb is delighted to see so many Leyton Orient academy graduates doing well and making their mark in the game.

Last week it was revealed Victor Adeboyejo had signed a deal with Barnsley to follow in the footsteps of Steven Alzate and Tristan Abrahams in securing moves to Football League clubs.

Alzate and Abrahams departed Orient on July 31 to link up with Brighton & Hove Albion and Norwich City respectively.

Both have impressed since exiting E10 and Webb is keen for more to come through the O’s ranks over the next few years.

He said: “We just need to make sure we continue doing what we have been doing here. We have a way of doing stuff and I’m being allowed to keep working that way and people know it will get results in terms of producing players.

“It is great news for Victor and I wish him well because he’s a great lad and player and now it’s just about getting the next youngster through who can play for our first-team.”

Webb joined the O’s academy set-up in 2011 and eventually worked his way through the age groups at Brisbane Road.

The 34-year-old had a brief stint in charge of the Orient first-team last season after initially being promoted to first-team coach under ex-boss Andy Hessenthaler.

During Webb’s spell as manager, he handed debuts to the likes of Alzate and Abrahams and their performances caught the eye of scouts, which led to their transfers last summer.

After a short time away from Orient, Webb’s back again and in charge of the under-18s looking to push the next crop into the first-team.

O’s already have a number of former academy graduates in their senior squad with Charlie Grainger, Sam Sargeant, Myles Judd, Michael Clark, Aron Pollock, Dan Happe, Henry Ochieng, Freddy Moncur and Josh Koroma all making the step up in recent times.

Sam Dalby and Ruel Sotiriou, both still part of the youth-team, have also appeared for Orient in the National League this season while continuing to excel with the under-18s.

When asked about the progress of Alzate and Abrahams, Webb said: “Steven, by all accounts, is really tearing it up at Brighton, which is credit to him.

“He is a bit like Ruel because he is a bit quiet and sulky, but they have a real hunger inside them to succeed. Tristan is the same and they all have it.

“Even the ones who haven’t been sold on and currently can’t get in the first-team - their heads won’t drop and they will be good assets for Leyton Orient.”

Although the O’s senior side have struggled in recent months, the academy continues to move in the right direction.

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