Manuel Pellegrini has blocked any loan move involving West Ham United youngster Nathan Holland for now, as reported by Football Insider.
The 21-year-old has caught the eye for the Hammers’ U23s, with a brilliant strike against Brentford B among his latest big moments.
It turns out he has even done enough to capture Pellegrini’s attention, with the Chilean stating he does not want the youngster loaned out before the upcoming Carabao Cup tie against Newport County, as he plans to use this game to assess Holland’s short-term future at the club.
Holland has only ever played for West Ham’s first team once, with that appearance coming in a 3-0 Carabao Cup win against Bolton Wanderers in 2017, as per Transfermarkt.
His only other involvement in first-team match days is being included among the substitutes, which has happened four times – the most recent of those came at Old Trafford in April 2019.
He has 35 U23s matches under his belt in which has scored seven goals, assisting 11 – with one of his strikes being the first-ever for West Ham U23s at the London Stadium.
This is a good move from Pellegrini, as Holland is an exciting talent who deserves the opportunity to show what he can do for the senior side.
There is also no risk of halting the 21-year-old’s development, as if the manager decides he doesn’t want to use the player this season, there is still time for a loan deal to be organised before the transfer deadline.
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