By Dean White

28th Jul, 2021 | 8:10am

Xande Silva could quit West Ham in search of first-team opportunities

Xande Silva could quit West Ham this summer in order to search for first-team opportunities elsewhere, according to The Athletic.

The news outlet claims that Silva, 24, is in the final year of his contract at the London Stadium and is unlikely to get into David Moyes’ plans for next season.

The Portuguese forward spent last season on loan at Greek club Aris Thessaloniki, where he played 33 times in all competitions and scored four goals.

High hopes have now fizzed out

Remember how excited we all were when Silva arrived in East London in 2018?

Silva joined the Hammers from Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes in a deal worth up to £3.1million [talkSPORT] and just 11 days after arriving, he netted a four-minute hat-trick for the Under-23s against Tottenham in his Premier League 2 debut.

Silva then scored in back-to-back Premier League 2 matches against Manchester City and Arsenal as his stock continued to rise.

West Ham fans were calling for him to get a call-up to the first-team and that eventually happened in December 2018 when he made it onto the bench in the Premier League.

He spent three matches as an unused substitute before getting a Premier League debut, that lasted 17 minutes, in a defeat to Burnley.

Silva started against Birmingham in a win in the FA Cup third round not long after but that was the last we saw of the Portuguese talent in the senior squad.

In the summer of 2019, Silva was unfortunately rushed to hospital and had to undergo bowel surgery, which he has since recovered from but it has seemingly had an impact on his development.

Silva didn’t do badly in Greece last season but did the now-24 forward do enough to suggest he has a future in the Premier League? Unfortunately, he didn’t.

It’s sad to see the way Silva’s career has gone at West Ham, especially as that illness clearly had an impact.

Hopefully he can find a new club where he can play regularly this summer.

All the best, Xande.

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