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franksfat&slow&wank 5:06 Wed Jul 26
Nathan Holland
I think this lad looked tidy in those games in Austria it will be interesting to see how he does, anyone else know much about him?

One moment on day three saw Nathan Holland draw gasps from the attending media at the West Ham training camp in Bothel, Germany.
The end of the morning session was drawing to a close and during a game of 8v8 to round it off, the extremely talented teenager executed a quite brilliant, lofted 15-yard through-ball perfectly on to the head of James Collins, who buried his header past Joe Hart.
Not only did it lead to stunned faces among the press, but screams of delight from Pablo Zabaleta and Pedro Obiang, plus a swear word or two from Hart.
The 19-year-old is really standing out at the Hammers training base about 35 minutes from Bremen, having made his first team debut in the 0-0 draw with Sturm Graz II in Austria earlier this month. But it was against Fulham later in that trip where Holland really came to the fore, with Hammers fans lauding his performance.
If they had seen him training today, they'd be doing it all over again.
football.london chatted to Holland exclusively in Bothel straight after the training session and the England U19 international said he is thoroughly enjoying his time with the first team having been promoted from the Hammers U23s.
He told us: "Yeah, definitely. I think going to Austria was really good, we did some team activities and they [the first team] welcomed me really well, I'm enjoying myself.
Nathan Holland warms up for the Hammers
"It's similar to the U23s, the standards are the same but it is in front of the gaffer so I can show what I can do.
"It is going well, I feel I performed in the two games in Austria and I have adapted quite well but with more games brings more confidence, too.
"Obviously, against Graz I made my debut and against Fulham I played well and it brings me confidence and hopefully I can do it again."
The Hammers made the headlines earlier this summer when co-chairman David Gold posted an ill-judged tweet about the youngsters finding it ard to break into the first team.
A teenager got just two minutes of top-flight action last season - Declan Rice during the final day victory at Burnley - but manager Slaven Bilic has reacted by taking Holland, Josh Cullen, Reece Burke, Toni Martinez, Moses Makasi, Rice and U18 stopper Joseph Anang on both training camps so far.
Holland defended the youth policy at the club when asked if it is too hard to break through.
"It's not the case," he said.
"At the end of the day we have got a very strong team and the gaffer always speaks to us. You need a little bit of luck along the way and but if the chance comes along, you have to take it.

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kylay 9:59 Wed Jul 26
Re: Nathan Holland
Holland has really stood out in the two games this preseason. carved open both defences quite impressively at times. he'll definitely be one to keep an eye on. glad to hear he's continuing that form in Germany.

Mart O 9:50 Wed Jul 26
Re: Nathan Holland
Cheers lads. I'd love to see these boys get some game time, as long as they're good enough.

Which Oxford clearly is not. He may have the talent but he's just way too lightweight at present.

Sven Roeder 9:31 Wed Jul 26
Re: Nathan Holland
Holland is a winger
The new Ryan Giggs

Rice seems to be the one they rate and appears to have jumped ahead of Oxford and Burke.
Would love to see these all involved at points in the season.

Trevor B 9:30 Wed Jul 26
Re: Nathan Holland
Holland is primarily a winger, have seen him play both sides.

Burke might get some game time this season if Everton follow up their interest in Collins. If not then he'll be out on loan again.

Mart O 9:29 Wed Jul 26
Re: Nathan Holland
DB1983 5:11 Wed Jul 26

Precisely what I thought I'd read too. Ag !

What position does Holland play ?

Goose lists some of our prospects there but what about Reece Burke ? I haven't seen much of these lads and while it'll be tough to get a look in if the 4 senior CBs stay fit, Burke's always looked one of the more promising youngsters to me, a fuck's sight more than Oxford.

goose 5:47 Wed Jul 26
Re: Nathan Holland
hopefully Holland, Quina, Rice and Martinez all get some kind of opportunity this season - and if not that then a high standard of 'loan' football.

dealcanvey 5:40 Wed Jul 26
Re: Nathan Holland
If Snodgrass or Feghouli leave and we dont replace them he may well get some game time next season. My money is on them signing someone else if they leave.

Bilic showed amazing faith playing a 16 year old in his first ever game in charge for us and does not seem to have backed youth ever since.

Eddie B 5:34 Wed Jul 26
Re: Nathan Holland
Playing well you say? In that case, get him out on loan and never see him again!

DB1983 5:11 Wed Jul 26
Re: Nathan Holland
They chatted to him in a brothel?





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