There were plenty of lessons for Manuel Pellegrini to learn after West Ham were humbled by Everton in the Premier League.
West Ham were second best in every department as Everton cruised to a 2-0 victory at The London Stadium in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Pellegrini brought youngster Grady Diangana off the bench towards the end of the game but perhaps he should have been looking at another youngster.
It is about time Pellegrini gave Nathan Holland a promotion to the first-team.
Nathan Holland vs. Grady Diangana
Diangana was handed his first-team debut earlier this season, starring with two goals in the 8-0 EFL Cup win over Macclesfield Town.
Holland was ruled out of that match with an injury but he was arguably ahead of Diangana in the pecking order.
The 20-year-old was considered to be one of the most promising players coming through the academy but injury prevented him from featuring.
In a case of sliding doors, it was Diangana who grabbed his first-team opportunity and earned himself a six-year contract, while Holland is still yet to feature under Pellegrini.
Holland trains with the first-team and has the potential to become a regular in Pellegrini’s team in the future.
With pace, skill and a direct approach, the former Everton starlet is a huge talent who has played better than Diangana at youth level.
With seventh place now looking unlikely, this season is in danger of fizzling out for the last few matches. This would be the perfect time to blood Holland into the first-team.
If he impresses, it could make it a smooth transition into the first-team picture for next season.