West Ham academy manager Terry Westley
West Ham United coach Terry Westley has told the club's official website that new signing Nathan Holland reminded him of Ryan Giggs on Monday evening.
The Hammers first team weren't in action over the weekend, but their developmental squad took on Fulham at the London Stadium on Monday night, with the many youngsters playing at the club's new home for the first time.
West Ham claimed a 2-0 win over their London rivals, as Nathan Holland and Conor Coventry both found the net to seal an impressve victory.
Fringe youngsters such as Kyle Knoyle, Vashon Neufville and Joe Powell all started the game, but it was winger Holland who stole the show.
The 18-year-old joined West Ham from Everton during the January transfer window, penning a three-and-a-half year deal with the Hammers in something of a surprise move for the England Under-19 international.
Holland has already been impressing in claret and blue, and he starred against Fulham on Monday, scoring the opening goal by cutting in from the left before curling home a superb right-footed strike.
West Ham academy manager Terry Westley during training
Holland appears to have huge potential, and after Monday's final whistle, he was praised by West Ham coach Terry Westley.
Westley told the club's official website that he felt Holland was brilliant against Fulham, comparing him to a young Ryan Giggs – huge praise for a player that Westley believes is a major talent.
“I’d probably say Nathan Holland [was brilliant], particularly in the first half,” said Westley. “What a talent we’ve got on our hands. He was skipping past players, reminding me of a really young Ryan Giggs. I think he particularly caught people eyes tonight,” he added.
Such impressive displays and a huge comparison will leave Everton to consider whether they made a mistake in letting Holland go, and he will be working hard over the coming years to prove the Toffees wrong for allowing him to go in January.
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