Jamie Mackie shares Nathan Holland excitement amid West Ham winger's loan move
Jamie Mackie has poured praise on West Ham winger Nathan Holland after he re-joined Oxford United on loan earlier this summer.
Holland, 23, signed on a temporary basis for the U’s in January 2020 and scored three goals in 12 games before a hamstring injury cruelly ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
The winger stayed at West Ham for the 2020/21 campaign as he battled back to full fitness but he was unable to gain any game time for the senior side under David Moyes.
Oxford came back for him in July, though, and he has already scored for the League One promotion hopefuls in an EFL Cup defeat to Burton Albion on August 11.
Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday [04/09/21] ahead of Oxford’s trip to AFC Wimbledon, ex-QPR striker Mackie expressed his admiration for Holland
“This season they’ve [Oxford] added and spent a fair bit of money with getting a really good squad together,” he said.
“I think they’ve brought 10 or 11 players in this summer of real quality.
“Nathan Holland’s back on loan from West Ham who was there before, he’s a really exciting player.”
Holland has less than 12 months left on his current West Ham contract [Transfermarkt] which means an Irons exit looks likely next summer.
The Wythenshawe-born attacker moved to east London from Merseyside in January 2017 after leaving Everton and made his first-team debut in September of that year.
However, he has made just three appearances since, all coming in the 2019/20 campaign when appeared twice in the Premier League.
He has shown his talent out on loan at Oxford but given the ex-England youth international will turn 24 by the time he returns to the London Stadium, it appears his time at West Ham is coming to an end.
This loan could be the perfect chance to lead Oxford to promotion and earn a move to the Championship.
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