West Ham’s Under 23 side drew 2-2 with fellow London club Brentford’s B team last night, with Nathan Holland equalising late on with a late wonder strike.
With the first team having just one point to show for their start to the season – which they were somewhat lucky to get from an abject performance against Brighton on Saturday – some fans want to see Holland given a chance in the first team.
The Hammers have a proud history of promoting their young talent – with Declan Rice being the latest – and some supporters want to see Holland become the next cab off the rank.
Manuel Pellegrini invested again during the summer but there’s still a place for young talent, which is impressing in the development ranks and the Chilean has kept that pathway open.
Grady Diangana made his first team breakthrough last season – underlining Manuel Pellegrini’s faith in youth – but is now at West Brom on loan, which perhaps clears some room for another youngster to come through.
Whether Holland gets a chance among West Ham’s expensively-assembled ranks remains to be seen but the supporters would like to see it based on the evidence on Twitter after his goal last night.
— Joe (@joewhu00) August 20, 2019
Surely his time is coming
— YEO (@KEITHYEO) August 20, 2019
First team please god
— Joe (@BoulcottJoe) August 20, 2019
Bout time the lad got a run in the 1st team cant be any worse than the 11 that played on saturday
— Adam Adkins (@AdamAdk73600801) August 20, 2019
This guy really deserves a chance #baller
— Jamie Norwood (@JimboNorwood) August 20, 2019
Nathan Holland needs first team action aswell defo
— Simon W (@maxi37c12) August 21, 2019
I have watched them in U23 games, they both look really good players. I’m hoping Nathan Holland gets a few games as well
— Amran Yousaf (@a_yousaf1) August 21, 2019