The best managers know when it’s time to unleash their younger stars into the first-team and there’s been evidence for a long time that Nathan Holland is ready to step up.
The latest came in the Under-23s 1-0 victory over Man City, which Academy Director Terry Westley hailed as their best display of the season.
He singled out winger Holland for praise, saying on the official site: “Nathan Holland in the first half absolutely tortured their right centre-back, so much so that in the end they were forced to make a change.”
Moyes has admitted being a big fan of Holland before, but the 19-year-old winger has still only made one senior appearance, in the EFL Cup.
West Ham are still not certain of avoiding the drop but Moyes must have one eye on the future.
The Chelsea game this Sunday might be too soon and too tough a game to risk introducing Holland, but he must unleash him before the end of the season and give Holland a chance to prove he belongs in the Premier League.
He’s playing with confidence at the moment, which is something the London Stadium desperately needs, and as the saying goes, if he’s good enough, he’s old enough.
He’s only just returned to the Under-23s after an injury he picked up in Moyes’ first week in charge.
But for that he might already have made an impact in the first team.
Now he’s back and it’s obvious that he’s playing as well as ever. Moyes must have faith and give him a chance before then end of the season.
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