There is no doubting the fact that West Ham United are crying out for speed in the final third.
The likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson are clearly very skilful players, but they lack that extra yard of pace going forward.
In the Hammers’ 3-2 defeat it was clear to see, with the Magpies’ electric front-three which included Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin tore the home part to shreds and made the Hammers’ forwards look so lacklustre.
Robert Snodgrass has come in and made an impact in the past two games, scoring in both – but there has to be more of a threat around him.
Football Insider recently reported that West Ham were considering recalling West Brom loanee Grady Diangana in January, and could potentially send Nathan Holland to the Hawthorns instead.
Manuel Pellegrini should go down a different path and bring back Diangana but throw him into the first team with Holland – with the pair being two of the club’s most exciting talents right now.
Diangana proved on Monday evening that he was more than ready for an extended run in the Premier League, as he consistently tormented Stoke all night on the way to an easy three points in a 2-0 victory.
Holland, on the other hand, has yet to seal a temporary exit away from the London Stadium but continues to shine in the under-23s.
He scored another two goals on Sunday in a 4-2 demolition job of Swansea City, and the winger just continues to get better as the games go by.
That performance led to Hammers’ fans calling for the 21-year-old to be promoted into the first-team, who surely have nothing to lose after such a dreadful five weeks.