Does Holland deserve a chance under Moyes?

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Nathan Holland has worked his way through the youth ranks at West Ham United, moving on loan to League One side Oxford United during the January transfer window, but does the winger deserve a shot at first team action under David Moyes.

It has been a long and cruel season for West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini was sacked as manager in December with David Moyes making a return to the helm, but a positive end to the season means the Irons status in the Premier League has been preserved.

The Irons have lacked quality this season with previous club record signing Felipe Anderson failing to live up to his reported £35m price tag.

At 27 years old, Anderson should be entering his prime, however he slacked off this season with rumours online suggesting he could move on to pastures new in the transfer window.

If Anderson is to move on he will need to be replaced and the Hammers one of two options, they can utilise Grady Diangana who spent the 19/20 season on loan at West Brom, or another option is Nathan Holland.

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The 22 year old started his career at Everton but moved to West Ham in 2017 and has since shined, especially in Premier League 2.

He has been nominated for this seasons PL 2 player of the year award after an impressive season.

Fourteen goals and eight assists in just 18 games at under 23’s level earnt him a loan move to Oxford United who he helped guide to the League One play off final.

The winger bagged three goals whilst on loan at Karl Robinson’s side including a stunning volley against Newcastle United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Utilised mainly as a left winger, Holland can also adapt himself playing up to as well working alongside now Lincoln City striker Anthony Scully earlier in the season.

Right wing is also available for Holland to adapt to, making three appearances there this season. He is a player with agility and speed and is able to easily cut inside defenders when he needs to something West Ham will need more of next season.

If Anderson is too be sold in the summer it is most likely though that Grady Diangana will be brought in as a replacement with Holland potentially sitting on the bench.

Holland still needs the experience though and another loan spell away could prove vital for the youngster if he is to possibly play first team football at the London Stadium in the future.

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