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Introducing: Marko Arnautovic star protegee, Xande Silva

Introducing: Marko Arnautovic star protegee, Xande Silva

The last few years have been pretty disappointing for West Ham as ever since they’ve moved to the London Stadium the Hammers have performed pretty poorly.

Following their poor year last season, the owners appointed Manuel Pellegrini as the new boss and also brought in a whole host of players. As a result of so many changes, West Ham suffered a poor start to the season but now, it looks as though Pellegrini has found his best XI.

The Hammers have beaten Man U, Everton and drawn with Chelsea in the last few weeks, primarily led by the performances of Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic. The latter especially has been superb and on his day he can trouble any side. However, without him, West Ham lose a potent attacking threat but thanks to the emergence of academy star, Xande Silva, Hammers fans shouldn’t worry too much for the future without Arnautovic.

Silva arrived at West Ham over the summer from Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes and has settled in incredibly quickly into the club’s under-23 side. In his debut for the under-23s, Silva scored a hat-trick against Spurs and has since followed that performance up with goals against Manchester City and Arsenal.

A powerful striker, who has the pace to get in behind but also the ability to drop into midfield, Silva had apparently caught the eye of Pellegrini but thanks to a hamstring injury, the forward will now be out for at least six weeks.

With the perennially injured Andy Carroll, the inconsistent Chicarito and new signing Lucas Perez, Silva could well have played some minutes in the first team. With Arnautovic approaching 30, West Ham need a young striker who can eventually replace him and Silva it looks as though they’ve found him.

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