West Ham United coach Jack Collison has named the next player he believes will break into the first team and it is bad news for Everton.
Former Hammers player turned youth coach Collison has been overseeing the development of players in West Ham’s famed Academy.
After a barren decade, West Ham fans have seen the emergence of some talented players from the youth system under Manuel Pellegrini.
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Declan Rice, Grady Diangana and Ben Johnson are three of six young players to have featured in the first team this season.
Collison was in attendance as the Hammers unveiled their revamped Chadwell Heath Academy complex.
And speaking to The BBC’s Premier League Show on Thursday night he told the watching millions that Everton reject Nathan Holland will be next.
“Nathan Holland for me is probably the next one,” Collison told Gabby Logan on The Premier League Show.
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“He’s an exciting player, gets your bum off your seat, the sort of player that the West Ham fans love and come to watch.
“Plays off either wing (or) as a number 10, creates goals, scores goals so he’s an exciting prospect.”
Collison’s words will excite Hammers fans and frustrate Toffees supporters in equal measure.
The 20-year-old winger Holland joined the Hammers after being released by Everton in 2017.
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The Manchester-born attacker had already been capped by England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels while with Everton. So West Ham didn’t hesitate to snap him up. And he has continued his development since moving to east London.
A long-term injury held Holland back as he looked set to challenge for a first team spot.
But he is back to full fitness following a long lay-off. And he has every chances of a first team appearance before the end of the season.