West Ham United youngster Nathan Holland has expressed his first-team dream after picking up the Young Player of the Year award.
Holland made his Premier League debut, but also completed a loan spell at Oxford last season – the League One side missing out in the play-off final.
Football London journalist Sam Inkersole has claimed that David Moyes is targeting defenders in the market, and that could benefit Holland.
Holland reiterated his desire to follow in the footsteps of Declan Rice next season, and break into the first-team squad under Moyes.
“It’s brilliant,” he said, via Football London.
“I’ve achieved quite a few good things this year, so to get a personal achievement like this to end it off is really good.
“Looking at all the former Young Hammer of the Year winners, they’ve all done really well. To see Declan Rice doing what he’s doing now, and to have worked under Jack Collison, it’s good to be associated with those names, and hopefully, I can go on to achieve great things.”
Holland has been on the edge of the first-team squad for years but has never cemented his spot under either Moyes or Manuel Pellegrini.
With Grady Diangana returning though, that is one of the only things that may halt his progress into the first-team squad.
Moyes has claimed that he is looking forward to working with the winger that was at West Brom on loan last season and impressed majorly at the Hawthorns.
The Guardian has reported that Moyes is having a clearout at the London Stadium, and these younger players could definitely be given bigger roles under the Scotsman.
In other West Ham United news, the Irons could need to raise up to £38million in order to secure two signings