West Ham’s under-23 side were boosted last night when winger Nathan Holland returned from injury.
The young Hammers lost in the International Cup against Dinamo Zagreb but it was good to see Holland back on the field of play.
Having missed most of this season through injury, Holland’s progress has been held back.
The ex-Everton starlet might have been given his first-team chance by now if he hadn’t been sidelined.
But now that he is back, can he convince Manuel Pellegrini that West Ham do not need Samir Nasri?
West Ham have been linked with a swoop for free agent Samir Nasri.
The former France international reportedly underwent a medical ahead of a short-term contract at West Ham.
West Ham were willing to pay £80k-per-week for the 31-year-old, who is not eligible until the end of December, when his doping ban expires.
And concerns over his fitness have led the Irons to reconsider this move.
Nathan Holland: a better option?
While West Ham mull over whether to offer Nasri a contract, Holland can put himself back into Pellegrini’s plans.
Pellegrini is missing one of his key attacking midfielders in Andriy Yarmolenko and that has allowed Grady Diangana to step up.
Diangana took his opportunity in the EFL Cup win over Macclesfield Town and he is now a regular starter for West Ham.
But Holland was supposedly ahead of Diangana in the pecking order before his injury.
The 20-year-old, who operates on either wing, will be eager to get back to full fitness and start pushing for a first-team promotion.
If the England youth international can impress in first-team training and in matches for the under-23 side, then Pellegrini might opt against splashing big wages and making Nasri a panic buy.