West Ham starlet delivers verdict on landmark goal
By Danny Wright
West Ham wonderkid Nathan Holland made history on Monday when he became the first Under-23 player to score a goal at the London Stadium, but he isn’t happy with just that.
The history maker said to football.london that he wants to get on the pitch at the new West Ham ground as often as possible.
Holland moved to the Hammers in January from Everton and the 18-year-old scored the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Fulham Under-23s in the Premier League 2.
The 18-year-old is highly rated by senior officials at the club with co-chairman David Gold and academy director Terry Westley praising the youngster after the win.
“It was quite surreal walking out there,” Holland said. “We were all just really excited, I didn’t feel too nervous.”
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Talking about his goal, Holland said: “I just cut inside, used the man as a wall and it went in. It was a brilliant feeling, I’ll remember it for the rest of my life.
“I’ve got a feel for it now, I just want more and more and hopefully we can get back here again. The pitch was amazing to play on, the stadium is incredible and everything was just brilliant.”
West Ham Under-23s usually play at Chigwell Construction Stadium in Dagenham so Holland will certainly be making the most of when his side get to play at the new state-of-the-art home of the Hammers.
The winger, who can play on the left or the right side of the pitch, has made three Premier League 2 appearances for West Ham Under-23s since joining from the Merseyside club and his strike from outside the box on Monday was his first in the claret and blue.
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