Manuel Pellegrini has placed a significant amount of faith in his youth players this season.
It is such faith shown by the Chilean that has helped West Ham United to ninth position in the Premier League with a very strong month of December.
Declan Rice has been trusted in a holding midfield role which he has excelled in, whilst Grady Diangana has featured a number times for the first-team, causing havoc on the wing for the opposition.
However, not all academy products have been as lucky as Rice and Diangana, so with that being said, if this West Ham DUO does not step up they could be moving on in January…
Since bursting onto the scene at the beginning of the 2015/16 season under Slaven Bilic, Reece Oxford has been on a six-month loan to Reading, a loan to Borussia Monchengladbach and back to the capital where he now plays with West Ham’s U23s.
The 20-year-old clearly has huge potential for him to be thrown in at such a tender age, yet must prove himself to Pellegrini to be in with a shout of first-team chances.
Otherwise, Oxford should look for regular game time elsewhere.
Alike Oxford, Nathan Holland is another promising talent who is yet to feature for the first-team this season.
The 20-year-old winger has stiff competition for a position in an attacking role with Diangana, Andriy Yarmelenko, Robert Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini upon his return from injury and possibly Samir Nasri, all looking to stake their claim for an undisputed spot.
If Holland does not force himself in Pellegrini’s thinking with eye-catching displays for the U23s, with so many options in his position, he may want to look away for other opportunities.
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