West Ham have followed suit with heavily using loans to develop players on the fringe of their current roster. One of their most promising loanees and prospects, however, has had their season cut short with another injury.
As ominous as ever, West Ham starlet Nathan Holland has had his season ended early with League One side Oxford with a severe hamstring injury. Oxford has confirmed Holland’s season is over and that he will return to West Ham to rehab the injury.
This is devastating for the young English forward who was primed to take the leap to the Premier League level next season with the Hammers following a pending successful season away with Oxford. Holland had outgrown the PL2 with the Hammers’ U23 team, scoring 12 goals and adding six assists in 13 games played prior to his loan move.
This injury is cause for concern for the Hammers collective as Holland now has picked up substantial injuries in two consecutive seasons. The 21-year-old is far from being written off, of course, but the repetition is concerning.
With Oxford, Holland had played in 13 matches across three competitions, scoring three times including a late equalizer in the FA Cup against Newcastle United. Oxford would go on to lose the match, but Holland was heralded for his goal and performance in the match.
This injury news comes just 10 months after the exciting youngster penned a new contract with the club, keeping him in East London until 2022. There is no doubt in my mind this player will work his way into the senior team in no time at all. Regardless, Holland’s loan being cut short is devastating to his development and will set him back.
Best of luck on your injury rehab Nathan!