Nathan Holland made his first-team debut for West Ham United on Tuesday night, with the 19-year-old playing the final 30 minutes of the 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Cup.
The teenager joined West Ham from Everton in January, and has previously drawn comparisons with Ryan Giggs for his style on the football field.
Holland has some way to go if he is to match Giggs’ achievements on the pitch, but there is certainly a lot of excitement around the winger’s potential at the London Stadium.
After the clash with Bolton, Holland took to Twitter to reveal his delight after impressing on his competitive debut for the Hammers.
The message was retweeted by West Ham captain Mark Noble, and a number of the club’s supporters were quick to offer their congratulations to the former Everton youngster.
Holland might well have to bide his time before appearing in the Premier League, but after getting 30 minutes of competitive first-team action under his belt, the attacker is well-placed to work his way into the plans of head coach Slaven Bilic.
Delighted to make my competitive debut tonight, a dream come true! Great win too, thanks for all the messages 👊🏽. #COYI ⚒.
— Nathan Holland (@NathanHolland45) September 19, 2017
Well done pal! Keep working hard👊🏻👊🏻
— Paul konchesky (@konch3) September 20, 2017
Well done fella. We had the chat in Germany, hard work and dedication pays off. Keep at it ⚒
— Baz Cox ⚒ (@Baz1980WHU) September 19, 2017
Well in Dutchy. You have earned it
— Ian Lavery (@ianlavo) September 19, 2017
Well done Nathan buzzing for you …. best move of you life going West Ham Fc
— Mark Broadhead (@MarkBroadhead5) September 20, 2017
Fantastic Nath, well done 👏👏
— colin littlejohns (@colinlit) September 20, 2017
Hopefully the first of many 1st team appearances! Bright young talent! Looking forward to seeing more from this lad
— Michael (@mholdgate1) September 19, 2017
Nath so proud of you . We all believed in you. X
— stephanie broadhead (@stephaniebroadh) September 20, 2017
Congrats on the debut and win Nathan! Keep up the good work out there! ❤️⚒
— The West Ham Yank (@TheWestHamYank) September 19, 2017
Well done Nathan,thought you did great,looking forward to a great career with the Irons COYI
— Mick Hannon (@selondonhammer) September 19, 2017
congrats mate superb debut many more to come worth moving down south mate #newchallengebeingwanted
— dave clements (@clem132) September 20, 2017