Domingos Quina has long been heralded as one of West Ham United’s brightest prospects. Since arriving from Chelsea in 2016 he has been talked up as a potential future star for the Hammers. He made his debut for the club in July 2016 against NK Domzale at the tender age of just 16. That same year he was one of the star players in Premier League 2 and received a professional contract keeping him at the club until 2019.
But since then he has made just five more first-team appearances for the club and none of those have come in the league.
This summer, however, he has been doing his best to attract the attention of his new West Ham boss. Quina has been one of better players for Portugal in an otherwise disappointing Toulon Tournament campaign.
Portugal were dumped out at the group stage. They failed to win any of their three games, losing against Japan and Turkey whilst drawing against Canada.
That led them into the loser’s play-offs to decide who finished where in the overall standings. Portugal faced China and by this time Quina was in the starting XI.
He was excellent in the game, scoring once as Portugal claimed a 2-0 win.
It capped a good tournament for him personally, as he played his way into contention for the Portuguese side.
Now he faces a summer of trying to do the same at West Ham. The Hammers have a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini and Quina will be hoping to show him what he’s got.
At just 18, there is still plenty of time to do so. But breaking into the league squad this term is a suitable and attainable target if he plays like he did this summer.