Manuel Pellegrini has decided that Nathan Holland will be loaned out during the January transfer window, according to Football Insider.
This comes after the Hammers manager blocked any temporary move away from London Stadium in the summer, as reported by the same outlet.
It has been suggested that the West Ham coaching staff don’t see the 21-year-old as quite ready to challenge for a first-team place yet, but still hold him in high regard, feeling his development will benefit most from a loan spell in January.
Holland played 57 minutes of the Hammers’ 4-0 Carabao Cup loss against Oxford United, which takes his total amount of first-team game time in claret and blue to 85 minutes, as per Transfermarkt.
This comes after he played 28 minutes at the end of a 3-0 win against Bolton Wanderers in the same competition in 2017.
85 minutes since 2017 is not an amount of time that will benefit the winger’s development greatly, especially as he has already indicated he is good enough to step up above academy level, having caught the eye in games against Valencia B and Brentford B this season.
In addition, he recently showed that he can hold his own against Football League opposition, getting two assists in the U21s’ 4-3 loss against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Trophy, as per SofaScore.
This is the correct decision for Holland’s development, as game time at senior level is what will help him develop as much as possible.
It will be intriguing to see what league he will end up plying his trade in for the second half of the season, presuming a loan move does go ahead.
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