By Matt Farr
Co-chairman David Gold insists the future is very bright for West Ham because of the youngsters at their disposal.
The 18-year-old winger signed a three-and-a-half-year-deal with West Ham on Sunday, joining what Gold believes to be ‘the best group of youngsters at the club for a very long time.’
We have the best group of young players at our club for a very long time this bodes well for the future. dg https://t.co/zVWEWuARhn
— David Gold (@davidgold) January 22, 2017
Holland is expected to go straight into the West Ham side to face Leicester in their U23-team clash on Monday night.
Gold’s upbeat tweet about the club’s development squad will no doubt sit well with the Hammers faithful, although some fans plead the case for more regular action.
A number of young stars have established themselves within the first-team setup at the London club in recent years, most notably the versatile Reece Oxford.
The 18-year-old came through the ranks at West Ham, beginning his career with the Hammers at the tender age of 13. He has now become a valuable asset in the first-team squad, making his first-team breakthrough last season in a Europa League qualifier.
He made his Premier League debut a month later, putting on an impressive display in a shock win over Arsenal on the opening day of the 2015-16 season.
17-year-old attacking-midfielder Domingos Quina has also found a role to play in the first-team squad. Although he has yet to make his Premier League bow for West Ham, Quina has been named in the matchday squad for their last seven league games.
U21 duo Edimilson Fernandes and Ashley Fletcher, meanwhile, have had more regular flirtations with the West Ham first-team, making 33 appearances between them since the start of the campaign.
In other West Ham news, Slaven Bilic has compared Andy Carroll to this Premier League great.