By Harvey Byrne
West Ham academy boss Terry Westley has raved about teenage attacker Nathan Holland, claiming he may be one of the best the club has ever made.
The 18-year-old left-winger has only been at the Hammers for three months after making the move to east London from Premier League rivals Everton in February.
However, he has made an immediate impact in the club’s youth ranks and has played seven times for Westley’s side, scoring twice and assisting one since his move.
Holland came in for particular praise from Westley after Monday evening’s 2-1 victory over Wolves in the Premier League 2’s play-offs and his coach suggested he may be one of the best youngster’s to come from the Hammers youth ranks.
“[Nathan] Holland was very good first half. I mean, wow, he might be one of the best we have ever made,” told Westley, as quoted by Football.London.
“To be able to beat people, run past people, it’s going out of the game but he gives that threat. He can run past people, he’s just brilliant to watch. He’s going to go such a long way.”
Holland has not yet made his senior debut for either Everton or West Ham, but if he continues to impress in the club’s academy then it is expected that his first appearance will come sooner rather than later.
Westley’s praise for Holland can not be dismissed either with West Ham bringing through a number of international stars from their academy over the years with players such as Bobby Moore, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick all coming through the Hammers’ youth ranks to name a few.
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