Sead Haksabanovic is one of West Ham’s brightest young prospects.
But he is not getting any game time during a loan spell at Malaga. This poses a question: should West Ham be worried about his progress if he is not playing?
Haksabanovic at West Ham
Having previously trialled with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, West Ham eventually won the race for Haksabanovic.
The attacking midfielder joined the Hammers in summer 2017. However, he was one for the future rather than an immediate first-team player.
The Sweden-born youngster made his debut for West Ham in an EFL Cup win over Bolton Wanderers.
But he had to wait until January for his next outing, against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup. And that proved to be his only two senior games to date.
However, an impressive season in the academy set-up earned him a loan move to Malaga.
Haksabanovic at Malaga
Malaga decided to sign Haksabanovic on a season-long loan from West Ham. After finishing bottom of La Liga last season, they were hoping for an instant return from the second tier in Spain.
So far, things are working out for Manuel Pellegrini’s old side. They sit top of the league with six wins in eight league games.
But Haksabanovic has played no part so far. The once-capped Montenegro international has not even played one minute of action for Malaga this season.
Haksabanovic is an exciting attacking midfield talent and West Ham have high hopes for his future.
But they might need to recall him from his loan spell with Malaga. He is wasted if he is not playing at all.
The Hammers are better off keeping him in the under-23 side or sending him out on loan to a team that can guarantee his playing time.
The 19-year-old has a bright future ahead of him, but a lack of action this season could hamper his development in the long-term.