West Ham resisted loan offers for Xande Silva in the summer transfer window as Manuel Pellegrini sees him as a first-team contender, Football.London reports.
A number of clubs from the Football League asked about taking Silva on loan. But West Ham rejected those enquiries, opting to keep Silva at the club instead.
After an impressive start to life in East London, the youngster could soon be knocking on Pellegrini’s door.
Silva at West Ham
Silva joined West Ham this summer from Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes. The highly-rated young striker was put straight into the under-23 squad.
And he immediately endeared himself to fans, netting a hat-trick on debut against Tottenham Hotspur.
In the Premier League 2, Silva has five goals in five matches and caught the eye with an impressive assist against Brighton.
Last night, he had his first chance to prove himself at senior level. But the 21-year-old failed to find the net as West Ham’s youngsters were defeated away at Bristol Rovers.
Silva caused some problems for the Rovers defence and was inches away from scoring after six minutes.
However, he will have to look ahead to the next game to catch Pellegrini’s eye. There are two more Checkatrade Trophy games in the group stage for him to impress.
Loan or keep him?
West Ham rejected the chance to loan Silva out. There are arguments to be had on both sides.
If the Hammers had loaned the Portugal youth international out, he would gain vital senior experience.
It takes time to adjust to the demands of English football and a loan spell in the Championship would have bridged the gap to West Ham’s first-team.
But, on the other hand, West Ham may need the 21-year-old at some point in the near future.
With Andy Carroll injured, Javier Hernandez absent with illness and Marko Arnautovic limping off against Everton, striker options are looking limited.
If Arnautovic and Hernandez are out for a lengthy period of time, it cannot be long before Silva is in the first-team squad.