As West Ham United gear up for a tough trip to Everton on Sunday has the club dropped a hint over a surprise inclusion for Xande Silva?
West Ham appointed Manuel Pellegrini in the summer and backed him with a £100 million spend on 10 players.
Nine of those were for the first team.
But so far few of them have made an impact besides perhaps Lukasz Fabianski and Issa Diop.
And that has resulted in a dismal start to the Pellegrini era.
Four defeats from four in the Premier League has left the club bottom on zero points.
Silva surprise for Silva?
West Ham also face a daunting fixture list with Everton, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham four of their next five opponents.
The Hammers need some inspiration from somewhere, starting at Goodison Park.
Could that come from the lowest profile of all the club’s summer recruits, Xande Silva?
Pellegrini’s side have desperately struggled for a goal threat so far.
Marko Arnautovic has struggled to replicate his form from the second half of last season as the lone striker.
And Pellegrini only has the one-paced, ageing and ineffectual Javier Hernandez as back-up.
Goals have not been a problem for the club’s Premier League 2 side, though, thanks to Portuguese youngster Silva.
Five goals in three games for West Ham’s Under 23s since signing in the summer have caught the attention of the club’s fans.
Pace, finishing ability and confidence
That included a debut hat-trick against arch rivals Spurs.
Many supporters have called for his inclusion in the first team squad citing the fact he is 21, not a raw teenager.
So have West Ham dropped a big hint over his potential inclusion in the squad to face the Toffees after he was pictured taking instructions from Pellegrini while training with the first team this week?
Eagle-eyed Hammers fans will have spotted Silva training with the first team squad at Rush Green and taking instruction from Pellegrini (whufc.com).
Whether anything can be read into that remains to be seen.
But it would certainly put the cat among the pigeons.
Silva would bring pace, finishing ability and most importantly confidence to the fold if he is called into the squad.
He would be something of an known quantity, certainly for Everton’s players if not their manager, Xande’s fellow Portuguese and namesake Marco Silva.