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04th Oct 2016

16-year-old West Ham prospect scores beautiful lob from near halfway

Who needs Payet?

Tom Victor

It’s not just West Ham’s first teamers who are capable of scoring great goals.

Sure, Dimitri Payet may have lit up the Premier League over the weekend with his solo effort against Middlesbrough, but Domingos Quina’s goal earlier that day was a different kind of special.

The Portuguese prospect is only 16 years of age but has already turned out twice for the first team in the Europa League.

And when you watch him pull off long range stunners like this you can see why.

Quina arrived in East London from Chelsea over the summer, having played his part in Portugal’s European Under-17 Championships triumph in May.

He had been linked with Manchester United and Arsenal, but a private meeting with Slaven Bilić convinced him that the London Stadium is where he wanted to play his football.

He made his debut in the Europa League qualifying match against Slovenian team NK Domžale, replacing Cheikhou Kouyaté in the first leg and coming on for Sofiane Feghouli in the return game.

While there are a few players ahead of the attacking midfielder in the Premier League pecking order – not least Payet, Feghouli and England squad member Michail Antonio – more goals like this will make it harder and harder for Bilić to ignore him.

After all, as Celtic’s Karamoko Dembélé showed last night, age is just a number.

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