West Ham United signed 21-year-old Xande Silva during the summer transfer window, but despite the Portugal U21 international being yet to feature in the first team he has told Manuel Pellegrini that his “time will come”.
According to reports emerging in Portugal the winger, who has represented his country at every junior level between Under 15 and Under 20, has said he is not concerned about his lack of first team action.
In the interview, Silva stated: “Here I am in a new culture, different, both socially and in football.
“It’s much faster. ‘How can you play so calm?’ Some of my teammates ask me.
“This is a great experience, here there are all the conditions for a Portuguese player to play, you just have to stay focused.
“[Manuel Pellegrini] is a good manager, with great experience, which he has acquired in the great clubs where he’s been.
“My time will come.”
Despite moving to a new country at 21 on the back of 26 appearances in the Primeira Liga, accepting he needs to stay focused and be patient as part of the Irons academy suggests Silva has got the mind to make it.
When he signed in the summer, he was always likely to be kept as part of the U23 squad to aid his development before being brought into the first team.
The sudden promotion given to 20-year-old Grady Diangana could easily have destabilised his mindset, but instead he has used it as an opportunity to remind Pellegrini that he is waiting in the wings as well and that he should be picked.
Further games in the academy is the natural home for Silva, but if he manages to impress Pellegrini he could easily earn a call-up for the early FA Cup rounds or even as a substitute in the Premier League.
If he does make the breakthrough anytime soon then it could be bad news for Toni Martinez, who is currently at a similar stage in his career on loan in Spain.