Nathan Holland has sent Manuel Pellegrini a timely reminder of his ability. Holland scored in West Ham U23’s 2-1 pre-season friendly win over FC Kosice to prove a point to the West Ham hierarchy.
Nathan Holland scores in U23 win
While the first-team are in China preparing for the Asia Trophy, the U23 team are in Slovakia. Steve Potts named a strong starting line-up as West Ham took on Slovak side FC Kosice in a pre-season friendly.
Holland, Reece Oxford, Joe Powell, Marcus Browne and Conor Coventry have all been involved in Pellegrini’s senior training sessions this summer but were not given a spot on the tour to China.
Some of these players would have been bitterly disappointed with this. But Holland put this snub behind him and impressed yet again for the Hammers youth side.
Last season, the 21-year-old winger returned from a long-term injury to score two and provide eight assists in just 11 Premier League 2 matches. He picked up where he left off in pre-season against Kosice.
West Ham trailed against the second-tier Slovak side before Holland levelled things up. The right-footed left-winger scored via a deflection before Dan Kemp scored the winner shortly after.
Nathan Holland should have gone to China
Holland’s goal was not the best he will ever score. But he is a constant attacking threat, providing goals and assists for the U23 team. It seems very harsh that he missed out on a spot in Pellegrini’s 23-man squad for the China tour.
The former Everton wide man didn’t make a first-team appearance last season but he was on the bench against Manchester United. Pellegrini arguably should have handed him a chance in the senior side towards the end of the campaign when there was little to play for.
But he definitely should have given Holland the chance to stake his first-team claim in China. All Holland can do now is impress for the U23 team and hope to get his chance when West Ham are back from China.