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Should Nathan Holland get a start against Aston Villa after midweek goal?

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Should Nathan Holland get a start against Aston Villa after midweek goal?

Holland netted the winner against Valencia B.

West Ham United youngster Nathan Holland caught the eye once again in midweek when he netted the only goal for the club’s Under 23s against Valencia B.

Holland settled the match on Wednesday against the Spanish side after just eight minutes, as the Hammers got their Premier League International Cup group campaign off to a winning start.

He burst through down the left hand side, using his pace to get away before slotting home to clinch an impressive victory.

So is the 21-year-old ready for the West Ham first team? He may have his eye on the spot in the side taken up by Robert Snodgrass, who earns £40,000-a-week according to Spotrac, so should he get it?

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TBR’s View – Holland has a very serious claim for a first team place

Snodgrass is coming off the back of two home defeats on international duty for Scotland, which may not have done wonders for his confidence, but there is still plenty to be said for keeping him in.

 

He has the experience and of course the set-piece delivery as well as the fact that the Hammers have won their last two matches and Manuel Pellegrini may not want to change the team.

But Holland is making it harder and harder to ignore him with his performances and at 21, he is not some young kid who may not be able to handle the top flight.

The Hammers fans love to see one of their own academy make it in the first team and Holland is the leading candidate to make the grade. He gets supporters excited and would add another dimension on the counter attack than what Snodgrass, who is hard working but not as quick across the ground.

It would be understandable if Pellegrini went for the more experienced head, but he shouldn’t ignore Holland for too much longer, given the form he’s in.

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