Filed: Friday, 24th June 2011
By: Joshua Modaberi
George Moncur is West Ham's 17-year-old midfielder who has followed in the footsteps of his father John Moncur.
He has impressed in Tony Carrís youth team side at West Ham and has played regularly for the reserves. Last year he was rewarded with a three-year contract by the club.
Moncur has also represented England at under-18 level and has put in some impressive performances for the three lions - and hopes to make an impact for the under-19s in the near future.
We caught up with the talented young midfielder to find out more about the emerging talent.
Who did you support as a boy?
With my dad playing for West Ham when I was younger, they were always the club that I supported, and have supported them all my life.
What was the first football match you attended?
I think the first ever game I went to was to see West Ham v Bradford and my dad scored in that game as well Ė West Ham went on to win 5-4.
Whose name did you have on the back of your shirt?
To be fair it has always been my old man, every time when I was little and had a shirt it was always my dads name on the back.
How old were you when you signed your first professional contract?
I joined the club when I was about 13 or 14 and signed my first professional contract at West Ham when I was 17.
Is there a player that you style your game on? Someone that you have been compared to?
I tend to style my game on people like (Cesc) Fabregas and Xavi. I try to make lots of short passes and one and two touch football, but I can do the other side and tackle as well.
What has been the proudest moment of your career?
I would have to say the proudest moment of my careers so far has been playing for England.
And the toughest time in your career?
To be fair the toughest moment of my career to date, was probably getting into the team when I was in my first year West Ham when I was younger. But when I got my chance I took it and Iíve stayed in the team really ever since.
Who is your closest friend in football?
My best mate is Dylan Tombides at West Ham, who is an Australian international as well.
If you could play along side any player past or present who would it be?
I would probably have to say Paolo Di Canio for that one, he was a great player. Actually I had better change the answer to that question and say I would rather play with my old man.
Who is the best player that you have played alongside?
There are actually two great players that I have played alongside and they are Jack Collison and Mark Noble both at West Ham.
Who is the best player you have come up against?
The best player I have played against would have to be Ryan Babel.
When did you realise football was going to be your career?
I didnít really have any pressure on me to become a footballer with my dad playing professionally and I actually got into football quite late. I only started playing when I was 10 or 11.
I then went to Tottenham for a year or two and then went to West Ham. There was a bit of added pressure a little bit because Iím at a club where my dad used to play, but it all worked out form there really.
How difficult is it to get yourself in the first team?
West Ham have bought youngsters through in the past, but its changing now I think and it is obviously hard to get in the team, but everybody needs a chance and hopefully I get my chance soon and do myself justice.
With West Hamís relegation to the Championship, do you think for a young player life yourself it can be a bit of a blessing in disguise?
Itís obviously not a good thing going down, but for youngsters like myself and other players itís a good thing in terms of getting more regular first team football and hopefully we get a chance to help take West Ham back into the Premier League.
I think appointing Sam Allardyce was a great decision. Heís a really good manager and he gets results and that is what you need at the end of the day.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
I would have to say my dad, but in terms of managers, I would have to say Tony Carr, who has done a great job with bringing lots of the youngsters through and he knows what he is talking about
What has been your most extravagant buy as a pro footballer?
Iím really into my clothes to be honest, I like Ralph Lauren. I usually go shopping at Selfridges in Oxford Street, Lakeside or Bluewater.
And finally what does the future hold for yourself?
Hopefully I can push on from where I am at the minute and just keep improving and hopefully one day I can play on a regular basis for the England first team.
* This article first appeared on www.sportsvibe.co.uk. Picture from whufc.com.