West Ham U23 coach Dmitri Halajko believes Nathan Holland is the best winger in the Premier League 2 Division 2.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Halajko raved about his attacking players. Specifically, he name-dropped Holland, Dan Kemp and Anthony Scully.
All three players got on the scoresheet as West Ham picked up yet another win to move six points clear in their division. The young Hammers came from behind to beat Swansea City 4-2 away from home.
Scully started the comeback, scoring an equaliser before half-time. This was his 13th goal in as many games. Holland then scored a quickfire brace and Halajko described him as “unplayable” for 25 minutes. Kemp completed the scoring with a trademark finish as he drifted in from his right flank.
Halajko on West Ham U23 attackers
Halajko told whufc.com: “I think Nathan is the best left winger in this league. He’s won games for us on his own this season. Every time he gets the ball, he’s a threat.
“He can beat one, two, three men, and his finishing is at a really high level. He’s on top form, and he showed again today how good he is, and why he’s right up there in the goalscoring charts, why he’s right up there with assists.
“Our other two did very well as well. Scully’s on a long scoring streak, and Kempy’s up there with his goals in the charts as well. I think in the last four games we’ve scored 14 goals in four, and that just shows the firepower we’ve got in this squad.”
Pellegrini should take note
West Ham desperately need a spark from somewhere and the academy might just be the source of this. There are no guarantees that Holland, Scully or Kemp would be able to make the leap from youth team football to the first-team. But it is worth a try.
The Irons are crying out for some pace on the wings and Holland has consistently proven his worth in the academy. West Ham fans have long been calling for the 21-year-old’s inclusion and he could follow Grady Diangana into the first-team picture.
Scully and Kemp would both have to adapt quickly to match the physical demands of senior football. But with both on red-hot form, it might be worth chucking them in the deep end to see if the float or sink.