The Carabao Cup is often seen as an opportunity for managers to get some game time for fringe players and youngsters.
Manuel Pellegrini didn’t play any academy players during the 2-0 victory over Newport County, with Issa Diop and Albian Ajeti being the youngest at 22-years-old, as per Transfermarkt.
However, ExWHUEmployee has revealed that will change against Oxford United, with one academy graduate set to start starting the Wednesday night game:
One starting https://t.co/D3F1OVBiOb
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) September 25, 2019
While there are various options of who it could be, with candidates including Conor Coventry and Ben Johnson, there are many fans hoping it will be Nathan Holland who gets the place in the side.
There have been previous calls for the 21-year-old to be given a chance already this season, especially after he scored eye-catching goals against Valencia B and Brentford B.
This post from the West Ham insider has got many fans hoping that opportunity will finally come for him.
A selection of Twitter reaction to the update can be seen below:
Got to be Holland…
— Lena Starr (@LenaStarrXXX) September 25, 2019
Rice or Noble, I’d imagine. But would love it to be Holland
— OldCastleSwift (@OldCastleSwift) September 25, 2019
Ex are you going to combust with excitement if it’s Holland?
— Angry Bilic (@AngryBilic) September 25, 2019
— James Holden (@JamesHolden9392) September 25, 2019
Holland on the left – snods on the right?
— Kyron Harrison (@Kyrpn2) September 25, 2019
— Dom. (@Dom_A_King) September 25, 2019
— toby (@tobyoliver27) September 25, 2019
Hopefully Holland, boys been on fire this season so far, deserves a chance, hope Ajeti gets another run out tonight as well and gets on the score sheet
— JJHannaway (@hannawayjj) September 25, 2019