West Ham teenager Bernardo Rosa has raved about the ability of Nathan Holland, who he played alongside in the Under-23s side during the first half of the season.
Rosa, 19, is yet to earn a first-team debut but is a regular in the academy team and has appeared on the bench for a Premier League fixture.
Meanwhile, Holland is a highly-rated talent at the London Stadium that was picked up from Everton in 2017.
The winger has played four senior games for the Hammers so far in his career, but he was sent out on loan in January to Oxford United in League One.
He’s scored three goals in 12 appearances since his loan switch to Oxford and is viewed as a real star in the making.
The 21-year-old has previously represented England on the international stage at youth level and is a skilful wide player that is a nightmare for full-backs with his pace and trickery.
Rosa has claimed that Holland’s natural ability to dribble past an opponent can’t be teached.
“Nathan Holland is naturally the most gifted [of the U23s this season], he can beat players so easily and I don’t believe that is something that you can teach. I found him really difficult to mark in training, I never want to be up against him!” Rose told the club’s official website.
Midfielder Declan Rice is a recent example that real quality is still coming out of the West Ham academy and he’s become such a vital senior player since bursting onto the scene in the past couple of years.
David Moyes does have plenty of young talent on the books at the club and there is no doubt that Holland is a player for supporters to keep an eye on.
It could make sense to give the attacker a loan spell next season at a higher level and continue moulding him ready for the first-team with them.