After a training ground injury robbed him of an expected first team debut against Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup, Xande Silva is making up for lost time and has scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season for the club’s under 23s team.
Silva returned from the hamstring strain after two months out as he started against Blackburn Rovers on Monday evening and provided two poachers’ finishes in a 3-1 win in Premier League 2.
The Portuguese 21-year-old has consistently found the back of the net at that level and has clearly caught the eye of Manuel Pellegrini and under 23s coach Liam Manning.
Having played regularly for Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal before joining the Irons for a reported £2 million in the summer, he is no stranger to first team football.
West Ham have no shortage of options in attack, with Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez, Javier Hernandez also welcoming back Andy Carroll of late. That may limit Silva’s opportunities this season, but many of those players could make way in the summer.
Silva is making a strong impression in the under 23s side this season and with the FA Cup coming in January, it seems that Silva may finally get a chance to impress.