Thursday, February 23

Nathan Holland: let's not talk him up too much

Young Nathan Holland gets a big write-up in last night's Evening Standard. The 18-year-old winger starred in the Under-23 side's 2-0 win over Fulham at the London Stadium, and Academy manager Terry Westley described Holland (no relation to old WHU star Patsy Holland) as reminding him of  a young Ryan Giggs. The club signed Holland from Everton a month ago and he's clearly quite a prospect, but we shouldn't be talking up his prospects too much. 

It's reminiscent of John Lyall saying that Stuart Slater would be the first million pound player after an FA Cup win against Everton and the West Ham PA announcing "you can tell your grandchildren you were here when Joe Cole signed his contract" (he had a fine career but never became the next Messi). Alan Dickens was going to be the next Trevor Brooking. You never know what's going to happen with young players and a warning comes in the form of Ravel Morrison, who was described by Sir Alex Ferguson as the best Man United prospect since Paul Scholes. Hopefully Holland is a level-headed lad, but let's not put too much pressure on him too soon.

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