West Ham youngster Xande Silva is hoping to earn a first-team chance after shining for the club’s youth ranks and is being monitored by the coaching staff, according to Football.London.
A signing that largely went under the radar during Manuel Pellegrini’s vast spending spree in the summer, Xande Silva has arguably started life in East London better than any of the other new Hammers recruits this season.
The 21-year-old scored a hat-trick on his debut for the U23 side against Tottenham, then finding the net in subsequent matches against Manchester City and Arsenal to catch the eye – with his latest contribution being an assist in a 2-1 loss to Brighton last week.
That form saw Silva attract loan interest from a number of Football League sides but West Ham rebuffed the advances, with Football.London stating Pellegrini and the Hammers’ coaching staff are keeping a close eye on the player who discussed his aspirations for first-team football earlier this week.
West Ham are hardly firing on all cylinders at the moment and are crying out for a clinical forward to solve their woes in front of goal, as natural wide-man Marko Arnautovic continues to be their biggest threat while Andriy Yarmolenko also got going at the weekend with a brace.
Arnautovic has led the line in all of West Ham’s Premier League matches so far this season and looks unlikely to be dislodged from his role, although the Hammers will be wary of becoming overly reliant on the Austria international.
A League Cup clash with Macclesfield Town next week is the perfect opportunity for Pellegrini to unleash his secret weapon to earn the first taste of senior action, which could then provide a boost to Silva in his long-term ambitions.