West Ham youngster Nathan Holland's injury has come at the worst possible time

General view outside the stadium prior to the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at The London Stadium on September 19, 2017 in London, England.

The West Ham United winger faces a prolonged spell on the side-lines just when he had the chance to impress his new boss.

Nathan Holland of West Ham United and Phil Foden of Manchester City battle for possession during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur...

Earlier this week, West Ham United youngster Nathan Holland took to Twitter to confirm he had undergone surgery for a torn hamstring and was now beginning the road to recovery, but the teenager's setback comes at the worst possible time.

After all, with a new manager at the Hammers in the form of David Moyes - a man used to giving youth a chance and one who has already cast his eye over the club's next generation - Holland could have got a chance to stake an early claim for a first-team spot.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

Instead he could face a few months out of contention, at just the time when the likes of Toni Martinez and Domingos Quina could be mounting challenges of their own.

Holland is widely regarded as one of West Ham's top young talents and in time he is expected to be a regular in the senior side.

General view outside the stadium prior to the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Bolton Wanderers at The London Stadium on September 19, 2017 in London, England.

Moyes put his faith in an exciting young winger when he took charge of Manchester United and that player - Adnan Januzaj - proved to be one of the brightest lights in an otherwise disappointing campaign.

Holland could, in time, follow suit, maintaining his progress for the long haul rather than burning brightly for just a single season.

Yet it is a shame that this setback came just when those youngsters West Ham fans have been crying out for could finally get a chance.

 

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