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Xande Silva keeps up impressive West Ham form for Under-23s

Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United during his Press conference after Training at Rush Green on September 14, 2018 in Romford, England.

Xande Silva has been in impressive form for West Ham at youth level.

Manuel Pellegrini the head coach

West Ham have endured a nightmare start to the season at senior level by losing their opening four Premier League games, but there may be room to smile when they look at the Under-23s side.

The Hammers have a talented group of young players at the London Stadium and one of them is standing out above the rest in the early stages of the season.


Xande Silva is continuing to knock on the first-team door with consistent performances and he’s made quite the impression since he joined in the summer from Portuguese second-flight club Vitoria Guimaraes.

The versatile attacker already scored a hat-trick against Tottenham’s Under-23s side, while he netted a fabulous strike from close-range against Brighton on Friday night.

It seems inevitable that he will be on the radar of senior manager Manuel Pellegrini, but how long can he keep ignoring him for?

Alexandre Silva of Portugal challenges Lucas Tousart of Frankreich during the U19 match between Portugal and France at Carl-Benz-Stadium on July 21, 2016 in Mannheim, Germany.

Silva, 21, certainly appears to have the technical ability to make the step up to senior level and has been in great goalscoring form as a centre-forward.

West Ham’s current first team are struggling in front of goal and the Portuguese rising star can’t be far off a senior promotion.

It could be a smart move to bring him into the 18-man match day squad in the next month and see if he's good enough to compete alongside the likes of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic in attack.

Julio Pleguezuelo of Arsenal takes on Xande Silva of West Ham during the match between West Ham United U23 and Arsenal U23 at London Stadium on August 24, 2018 in London, England.

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