Former England shot-stopper Paul Robinson has urged Manuel Pellegrini to trust the youngsters within the West Ham academy during a challenging period due to injuries and suspensions.

The Hammers climbed to ninth in the league table following their 2-1 comeback win over Southampton at St Mary’s on Thursday in the Premier League.

Despite coming away from the south coast with maximum points, Pellegrini will be concerned by the number of absentees from the first team, owing to injuries and suspensions.

The Chilean was forced to name just six players on the bench due to a shortage of first team options on the night and will be hoping for a better return by the turn of the year.

Robinson, who represented the likes of Leeds United and Tottenham in the Premier League, urged Pellegrini to trust the youngsters in the academy to tackle such a predicament.

“I think it’s just telling everybody that I have got all these injuries and suspensions”, Robinson said on beIN Sports.

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“Any team can’t cope with that amount of players out, that is a really long list of injuries and suspensions, a manager has to deal with that.

“But take a kid, take somebody from the academy. The West Ham academy is one of the strongest academies in the Premier League."

The former England international also admitted he is frustrated when managers tend to overlook the younger players in the academy and insisted the youngsters should ideally experience more than just training with the first team.

“It really frustrates me when managers do that”, he continued.

“Yes, he has got injuries, yes, he has got suspensions, he has got an academy full of young players that probably six or seven, on a regular basis, will train with the first team.

“Take them to the hotel, give them the experience, let them sit on the bench, let them warm up.

“I don’t get that, but the injuries and suspensions he has got that the team are having to cope with is harsh.”

West Ham will next face relegation battlers Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday during their final fixture before the turn of the year.