West Ham youngster Xande Silva is set to make his comeback from injury over the international break.
According to Football.London journalist Sam Inkersole, Silva could be back on the pitch for the West Ham under-23 game against Blackburn Rovers on November 26th.
The 21-year-old has been out for two months with a hamstring injury. But he is set to make a timely comeback as he eyes a first-team promotion.
West Ham’s attacking options
West Ham’s first-choice striker Marko Arnautovic has scored five times in 10 games this season.
The Austrian is the undisputed number one striker on West Ham’s books but he has an ongoing knee injury.
Javier Hernandez is the second-choice, but his form has been up and down during his West Ham career.
And Andy Carroll’s injury record this season has been as predictable as it always is.
On the wings, Andriy Yarmolenko looks set to miss the whole season, prompting Grady Diangana to be promoted to the first-team.
Felipe Anderson is starting to show his worth, while Michail Antonio and Lucas Perez make up the numbers on the bench.
Robert Snodgrass is also available, although he has been preferred in a more central role.
Xande Silva at West Ham
It is clear that there are vacancies in the West Ham first-team if a young player is ready to move up.
And Silva could be the next Declan Rice or Diangana. The youngster was impressive before picking up his injury.
The Portugal youth international, who joined in the summer from Vitoria Guimaraes, netted a hat-trick on his under-23 debut against Tottenham.
And with five goals in five Premier League 2 appearances, he was on the verge of a senior call-up.
But just before West Ham played Macclesfield Town in the EFL Cup, Silva suffered a hamstring injury, costing him his opportunity with the first-team.
Diangana took his spot in the side and hasn’t looked back since, now featuring regularly under Manuel Pellegrini.
Could Pellegrini use him?
Silva, who is comfortable up front or on the wing, could add extra options for Pellegrini.
With Yarmolenko out and West Ham’s strikers being prone to injuries, Silva might get some opportunities.
The Portuguese forward needs to use the next six weeks to prove to Pellegrini that he doesn’t need to sign a new striker in January.