According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, via Sport Witness, West Ham forward Xande Silva is remaining confident despite his lack of game time this season.
The 21-year-old is yet to feature for West Ham since joining from Vitória Guimarães in the summer, despite starring for the under-23 team, scoring five goals in five matches.
It has been seen so many times in the past that players who are struggling for game time lose hope and let their head drop. This subsequently results in managers being less inclined to pick them, and so begins a vicious cycle whereby the player and manager become more discouraged.
However, Silva’s buoyant approach will only reflect positively with The Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini, meaning he should have no problem turning to the forward when needed.
The positive thing is for Silva, West Ham have an ever-increasing injury list, meaning his long-awaited debut may be coming in the near future. With the long-term injury to Andriy Yarmolenko, West Ham may find themselves thin on the ground at some point.
More importantly, from Silva’s perspective, Pellegrini does not seem to be averse to giving younger players an opportunity. This has been shown by his heavy reliance on midfielder Declan Rice, who is only 19 years of age. Additionally, in light of the injury to the Ukrainian, the Chilean has also turned to 20-year-old Grady Diangana. Silva must be given a huge confidence boost by these young players that are thriving at the London Stadium, and surely knows that if his attitude stays the same, he’ll be playing alongside them too.