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West Ham: Nathan Holland in line for first Premier League start against Arsenal

West Ham: Nathan Holland in line for first Premier League start against Arsenal

West Ham winger Nathan Holland could be in line to make his full Premier League debut on Monday night, according to reports from Football Insider.

The 21-year-old did not play for the Hammers’ under-23 side in their 3-3 draw against Fulham last night as he has been called up to the senior squad for the match against Arsenal at London Stadium on Monday.

Football Insider claimed that first team manager Manuel Pellegrini wanted the youngster to be fresh for training today ahead of the Gunners’ visit to Stratford.

Holland made his first Premier League appearance last Wednesday when he came off the bench in the 0-2 defeat at Wolves, getting 19 minutes at Molineux.

He performed reasonably well in that time, recording an 80% passing success rate and two successful dribbles, the latter figure being bettered by only two of his West Ham team-mates. [via WhoScored]

He earned his Premier League bow off the back of magnificent form for the Hammers’ under-23 side, scoring nine goals in 11 Premier League 2 games this season.

He had struck seven goals in five matches for the under-23s prior to this weekend, with a goal and two assists in the 4-0 drubbing of Aston Villa last month. [via TransferMarkt]

If Holland can bring his form for the reserves into the first team at West Ham, he would provide a goal threat that has largely been marked absent from the wingers in Pellegrini’s squad this season.

Andriy Yarmolenko is their most prolific wide player with just three goals in 810 minutes of action (one per 270 minutes), with Robert Snodgrass scoring twice in 816 minutes (one goal per 408 minutes), Michael Antonio on target once in 252 minutes this term and Felipe Anderson (who plays on Holland’s favoured left wing) failing to score in 1,120 minutes of game-time. [via TransferMarkt]

Anderson’s lack of end product came under fire from Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas [via The Boot Room] this week, with the Brazilian being labelled as “poor”.

Holland, by contrast, has been in excellent form in front of goal and, even allowing for the caveat that his goals have come at reserve team level, he could be worth a starting place on Monday night ahead of the 26-year-old.

Indeed, an Arsenal team without a Premier League win in two months and with 23 league goals conceded this season could provide the ideal opposition for the youngster to get his first start in the division.

West Ham fans, do you think Holland should start against Arsenal on Monday night? Comment below with your views!

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