West Ham’s academy is looking healthy at the moment.
The recent rapid rise of Declan Rice and now Grady Diangana have encouraged West Ham fans that the future is bright.
And following on from Rice and Diangana’s success in the first-team, Hammers fans will be eager to see who could be the next starlet in West Ham’s production line.
One man who could be on the verge of first-team football is Nathan Holland. We take a closer look at the West Ham wonder-kid.
Who is Nathan Holland?
Holland joined West Ham from Everton’s academy back in 2017. And he has thoroughly impressed since moving to East London.
In a year-and-a-half since his switch to West Ham, Holland has consistently been one of the best players in the youth team.
This has caught the attention of all three managers who have been at West Ham in this time period.
Slaven Bilic gave the Manchester-born winger his debut against Bolton in the EFL Cup, David Moyes had him training with the first-team and Manuel Pellegrini included him in his pre-season plans.
Unfortunately for Holland, injury has prevented him from kicking on this season.
But now he is nearing a return to full fitness, Pellegrini will be keeping his tabs on how he progresses.
Can he step up?
Many West Ham fans who have seen Holland play in the youth team know that the wide man has a special talent.
His dribbling ability is exceptional and he has an eye for goal as well.
The 20-year-old certainly has the natural ability to make it at the top level but he needs some first-team opportunities to find out whether he will sink or swim at senior level.
Diangana thrived when he was chucked in at the deep end and perhaps that first-team chance would have been given to Holland if he was fit.
In the absence of Andriy Yarmolenko, there will be opportunities in the first-team. And it is up to Holland to prove his worth to Pellegrini in first-team training and if he plays for the under-23 side.
The England youth international has the talent to become West Ham’s next first-team breakthrough star.