Manuel Pellegrini has decided that he will allow Nathan Holland to leave West Ham on loan in January, according to Football Insider.
The report suggests the coaching staff do not see the 21-year-old as quite ready to contest for a first-team place just yet, but do rate him highly.
Therefore, he will be allowed to leave the club on loan at the next opportunity, which is the best decision for his development.
The 57 minutes Holland played in the 4-0 loss against Oxford United takes his overall game time for the first-team to 85 minutes, having played 28 against Bolton Wanderers back in 2017, as per Transfermarkt.
This isn’t good enough for Holland to develop the way that he can, as he has already shown that he is ready to take a step above U21s football, scoring eye-catching goals against Valencia B and Brentford B and impressing with his general performances.
He has also given another indication that he is ready to face Football League opposition, having got two assists in the U21s’ 4-3 defeat against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday, as per SofaScore.
Grady Diangana has already shown how useful a loan spell can be, having scored 4 goals and got 3 assists in 6 starts and 3 substitute appearances for West Bromwich Albion, as per WhoScored.
While there is, of course, no guarantee that Holland will be able to replicate this impressive return, he would also likely benefit from a loan move when his limited chances at West Ham are considered.