Secret Scout: West Ham star Nathan Holland is a complete midfielder

The Secret Scout has executed the rule over West Ham United youth Nathan Holland

West Ham star Nathan Holland is a complete midfielder with an excellent first touch … Manuel Pellegrini would be reckless to ignore his talent

  • The Secret Scout left London Stadium impressed with Nathan Holland
  • The young West Ham midfielder showed a lot of quality when he was given the space
  • It was difficult to blame his entire game however he will need consistency
  • For all of West Ham's foreign talent, the Netherlands should have time to develop

The secret explorer for the daily mail

Our secret explorer is a soccer expert who attends matches every week in search of the next star. He will bring you his verdict exclusively for Sportsmail.

This week, he is focusing on the growing star of West Ham, Nathan Holland.

The Secret Scout has executed the rule over West Ham United youth Nathan Holland

The Secret Scout has executed the rule over West Ham United youth Nathan Holland

NATHAN HOLLAND

YEARS: twenty

CLUB: West Ham

POSITION: Midfield

VALUE: £ 1m

APPLICATIONS 2017-18: One

GOALS: Any

WHAT DOES HE HAVE?

From the first whistle of a recent game to the last, this young extreme caught attention. In a low profile game seen only by a handful of people, Holland played impressively, enjoying the space he provided with a good display of ball control, pass selection and constant movement.

It was difficult for me to blame his entire game, although the opposition gave him too many opportunities to command the ball. Finding space, he jumped down the left flank, mainly cutting in and gaining a clear ascendancy on that side for a young West Ham team.

Getting more ball and certainly following the instructions of his coach, Holland moved inside the box in the second half and helped snatch the game from the opposition. His game in that area was equally fluid.

Invariably, his first touch was accurate, which hindered the defense of any defender, since Holland was well balanced to take the ball calmly in a single movement.

From the left of midfield, he hit two cross field balls that buzzed to his right, which was running forward.

The 20-year-old is portrayed in action against Paul Gallagher of Preston in a recent friendly

The 20-year-old is portrayed in action against Paul Gallagher of Preston in a recent friendly

The 20-year-old is portrayed in action against Paul Gallagher of Preston in a recent friendly

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

Maybe he could have attacked the outside of his back more in the first period, and he could also have been more aware of the goals instead of always looking for his teammates, but that's a drawback on an afternoon when it shone.

He worked hard enough and retired to good positions to receive the ball. Of good size and easy to move, I wondered how consistent it is, since this is always important. I'll have to look at it again.

He showed enough in friends to suggest that, despite his foreign talent, West Ham would not be wise to neglect it.

West Ham would be reckless to neglect the talent of this young midfielder despite his depth

West Ham would be reckless to neglect the talent of this young midfielder despite his depth

West Ham would be reckless to neglect the talent of this young midfielder despite his depth

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