West Ham loanee Nathan Holland produced some late heroics to help Oxford United to a 3-2 win over Portsmouth on Saturday.
The 23-year-old Hammer left the London Stadium to join Oxford on a season-long loan in the summer.
And he has been a big hit at The Kassam Stadium with four goals and five assists in 24 League One outings for the U’s (Transfermarkt).
Holland’s talent is clear and obvious to see for everyone who’s watched him. The trouble is that at 23, he really should have made more of an impression at West Ham.
That hasn’t really happened for him and he has a lot of work to do if he is to convince David Moyes that his future lies at the London Stadium.
Nathan Holland sends message to West Ham boss David Moyes
The 23-year-old winger is out of contract with the Hammers in the summer.
So if he has any chance of getting offered a new deal by the powers that be at West Ham, he really does need to start pulling up trees with Oxford United.
Holland’s display for the U’s on Saturday would not have done him any harm whatsoever.
With Oxford trailing 2-1 at home to Portsmouth, the West Ham loanee was introduced as a 55th minute substitute. He made an instant impact, providing an assist for Cameron Brannagan to level up the scores.
Holland then scored a dramatic late winner for his team in the 96th minute.
It really was an unbelievably good goal considering the gravity of the situation:
The result was a vitally important one for Oxford and kept them in fifth spot in the League One table one point clear of Wycombe Wanderers.
Saturday’s match-winning heroics were a really important moment for Holland as well.
David Moyes must have seen the 23-year-old’s brilliant late goal for Oxford. And perhaps that has given him a glimmer of a chance of enjoying a future with West Ham.
Saturday’s goal won’t be enough to convince Moyes to offer Holland a new deal of course. However, should he keep up that kind of form, the Scot may well have his mind made up for him.