Andy Carroll scored his first goal since returning from injury as West Ham cruised past Birmingham on Saturday, but it’s 21 year-old Xande Silva that is taking all the plaudits.
After a terrific run of form, Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers have regressed slightly in recent weeks, thanks in no small part to a devastating spree of injuries.
They returned to winning ways in the FA Cup on Saturday though, beating Championship side Birmingham 2-0 courtesy of goals from Marko Arnautovic and Carroll.
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The Austrian international scored after just two minutes but was then replaced by Carroll, who grabbed the second the closing stages of the match when he rose to meet Michail Antonio’s cross.
Silva was the man making everything happen though, as the 21 year-old attackers showed some glimpses of real quality in the final third.
His link-up play with Samir Nasri in particular was very promising, and fans are heaping praise on the Portuguese youngster.
The summer move to sign the youngster could soon turn into a stroke of genius, and the Twitter reactions down below are stunned by his first start as a Hammer…
not hiding from the ball either. showed glimpses of promise, much better then when martinez or fletcher were playing
— BelgianHammer (@afrowanny) January 5, 2019
Him and Diangana have looked fantastic. If we loaned them out (And Idk if that’s the best course of action) they look like they’d make a big impact at championship level.
— Laurence Brignull (@lethalbrignull) January 5, 2019
Xande Silva is putting himself about and causing their defence all sorts of problems. I reckon he’s got a goal in him today.
— Chaz (@ChazzSM) January 5, 2019
Xande Silva looks decent! Good to see some youngsters getting a chance at West Ham #WHUBIR
— Matt Blissett (@MattLogue) January 5, 2019
Xande silva masterclass today
— Ollie (@Ollie_WHUFC) January 5, 2019
Xande Silva really putting his name about. Expect to see him in and around the first team more often.
— IronsHome (@Irons_Home) January 5, 2019
Xande Silva looks goooooood
— Nick’s Sporting Goods ?⚽️?? (@NickySports) January 5, 2019
Xande Silva looks bloody brilliant
— Ellé? (@BananaSpIatter) January 5, 2019
Fair play to Silva with a bit more experience could be a quality player
— BlowingBubbles (@IfeWHU) January 5, 2019