West Ham United are struggling for any kind of consistency and goals this season.
Injuries, an over-reliance on ‘wantaway’ Marko Arnautovic and a topsy turvy first third of the season have seen West Ham struggle to get going.
The Hammers sit 14th in the table after a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City last time out.
And a number of their players are being linked with moves away in January with Manuel Pellegrini looking to continue reshaping his squad.
Pellegrini has already proved he is not afraid to look to youth if his more established stars aren’t performing.
Pellegrini not afraid to turn to youth
Youngsters Declan Rice, Issa Diop and Grady Diangana have been three big positives so far.
So the clamour has been growing for Pellegrini’s lowest profile summer signing to get his big chance.
Portuguese youngster Xande Silva was brought into the youth setup over the summer for a fee believed to be around £3 million.
The striker started with a bang scoring five goals in as many games for the Hammers U23s.
He picked up an injury which has kept him out for two months.
Fans want Silva lining but youth coach loves Holland
Silva was back for West Ham’s Premier League 2 game against Blackburn on Monday. And he was immediately back on the goal trail with a brace in a 3-1 victory.
The Portugal U21 international’s double prompted renewed calls for his inclusion in the first team for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle.
But West Ham U23 boss Liam Manning has been busy talking up Silva’s teammate Nathan Holland instead.
Speaking on the club’s official website it was clear who Manning feels deserves to step up to Pellegrini’s squad.
“Nathan Holland is getting back to where he needs to be fitness-wise, and he was a constant threat breaking forward with the ball and we obviously had Xande back tonight scoring goals,” Manning told whufc.com.
‘He was a constant threat, it’s great to have him back’
“Nathan has come back and taken a while to get back to where he needs to be in terms of fitness but to get more minutes in his legs is great for him tonight.
“He put a real shift in and was a threat going forward and he was unlucky not to get a penalty as well. He got in dangerous areas and caused them problems on the counter so it’s great to have him back.
“Xande is in the right place at the right time… Ultimately the challenge for the lads is to get in and around the first team and performances like that can only help them.”