When Nathan Holland left West Ham U23s to join the first-team for a Premier League match, it was Amadou Diallo who filled in for him.
The teenage winger may have only lasted 39 minutes before being forced off with an injury, but he had left himself enough time on the pitch to impact the game, scoring the opening goal in a 3-3 draw.
This was not Diallo’s first appearance or goal of the season but it was representative of how the rest of the campaign can pan out for him – though hopefully without the injury.
Having played seven Premier League 2 games so far this term, he has already notched twice, with his first goal of the campaign coming against Norwich City.
This follows on from his breakthrough season at this level last term, where he impressively scored two goals from just three appearances, notably including one in a 5-1 win against Manchester City.
Three of his seven PL2 appearances this campaign have come from the bench, but with Holland’s loan to Oxford United vacating a spot on the left wing, there is a very real chance that Diallo will be getting much more substantial game time at this level.
It is not solely for West Ham U23s that he can go on to make an impact this term though. During England U17s’ recent tour of Spain, he received the captain’s armband for one of the three games and scored in two – having also netted during a previous tour.
This means that the young winger could be in with a chance of making the squad that will represent England in the Elite Qualifiers in March.
Considering all of the above, it seems as though Diallo could be set for a very exciting second half of the 2019/20 campaign – a period where he now has the chance to fully establish himself at this level.
Meanwhile, one West Ham loanee had a shocker on the weekend.