Attack-minded Nathan Holland joined Everton’s Academy at the age of
nine.Manchester-born, he became a first-year scholar on
Merseyside in the summer of 2014 and is eligible to represent England or
Barbados at international level.Holland is able to play on the
left-wing or as a central attacking midfielder, such is his speed and
attributes on the ball.
He played mostly for the Under-18s in recent years, prior to January 2016,
when signed his first
professional terms with the Club, tying him to Goodison Park until the
summer of 2017.
He continued to play mainly for the U18s with some rare forays coming
usually off the bench for the U21s and later the U23s.
However, Everton took no action to extend the player's
professional contract at the start of 2017 and West Ham, who had been
watching the youngster for the last two years, took the opportunity to
persuade him to move to London.
"When I first came down, [West Ham Academy Director Terry Westley]
introduced me to all the staff and they were all very welcoming. They’ve
shown a lot of faith in me and I just want to repay that and kick on.
"It’s all a bit of a family thing down here. Everyone is close
together. It’s a brilliant set up they’ve got and I think it will only
help me improve. I think I can do that.
"I like to be direct. I like to get assists and get at people and
just try and dribble and combine with other people. Hopefully I can add
more strength to the team."
Holland signed a 3½-year deal with Hammers, for an undisclosed
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