West Ham United’s trip to Everton is fast becoming a crunch clash.
West Ham are being tipped to challenge the top six after a good start to the season.
Everton were another club many predicted would be jostling with the likes of the Hammers to gatecrash the established Premier League elite.
But Toffees boss Marco Silva is fighting for his job after four consecutive Premier League defeats.
And according to reports in the likes of The Telegraph, Silva must beat Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham to keep his job.
West Ham trip to Everton taking on huge importance
After their first league defeat in seven games last time out against Crystal Palace – a match West Ham deserved to at least draw – Pellegrini will want to get straight back on track.
A lack of pace and guile was evident as West Ham struggled in the second half against Palace.
So could Pellegrini unleash young prodigy Nathan Holland on his old club.
Holland was one of few West Ham players to emerge from the recent dismal 4-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Oxford United with any credit.
And another impressive audition for West Ham Under 23s against Cheltenham on Tuesday night will have done the pacy winger no harm at all.
Holland audition could prompt first team call against old club Everton
Holland bagged two assists in a 4-3 defeat to the League Two side.
The Manchester-born former Everton youth prospect has been widely tipped to be the next Hammers youngster to break through to the first team.
Former West Ham player and youth coach Jack Collison told the The BBC’s Premier League Show earlier this year that Holland will go on to prove Everton were wrong to let him go.
Ex Toffee could come back to haunt Silva
“Nathan Holland for me is probably the next one,” Collison told Gabby Logan on The Premier League Show back in April.
“He’s an exciting player, gets your bum off your seat. (He’s) the sort of player that the West Ham fans love and come to watch.
“Plays off either wing (or) as a number 10, creates goals, scores goals so he’s an exciting prospect.”
If Holland is brought into the Hammers squad for the game he will be highly motivated. Not only to prove a point to Pellegrini but also Everton.
West Ham fans will be hoping the jet-heeled young attacker can come back to haunt the Toffees.
The Irons have lacked pace ever since Michail Antonio’s serious hamstring injury.
So Pellegrini may well decide to bring Holland into the fold for the trip to Goodison Park next week.