Nottingham Forest completed the signing of Xande Silva from West Ham with just minutes of the transfer window remaining. He has penned a two-year deal at the City Ground and bolsters Chris Hughton’s attacking ranks.
The move came on the back of a deal to sign Josh Maja from Bordeaux collapsed. It was met with some angst from supporters, although plenty will give him a chance to shine.
With Silva now checked in on Trentside, we can hear you asking what you might need to know about the former Hammers youngster.
Here are five facts about the forward option:
- Silva is versatile. He can operate as a striker or on either flank. During his career, he’s proved comfortable wherever he’s been called upon in the final third.
- During his debut for West Ham’s under-23 outfit, he scored a four-minute hat-trick against Tottenham.
- He loves to take people on. The 24-year-old is very willing to take the opposition on and has the confidence to drive with the ball.
- Although he was born in Portugal, he qualifies to play for Angola through his parent.
- Silva lists Aris Saloniki and Vitoria as his former clubs. He cost West Ham £3 million from the latter and is also a product of the Sporting Lisbon academy.
What has been said about Forest man Silva?
In 2020, West Ham supporting journalist Dan Woffenden produced a threat on Twitter about Forest’s new player.
Interestingly, he listed and then gave comprehensive research on what Silva’s four main qualities were.
He suggested that the new Forest man was versatile, had good movement, strong composure and also boasted superb acceleration.
He also claimed that during an FA Cup game with Birmingham he was ‘exciting’ and ‘loved to take players on’.
As with plenty of foreign imports who check-in, the jury will remain out. The fact that Forest signed Silva instead of Josh Maja will only intensify the scrutiny on his performance levels.
Silva scored four times for Aris last season and that’s not a number that will get the juices flowing among the fan base.
Some West Ham fans are unhappy to see him leave without really getting a proper chance. They’ll now monitor his progress from afar.
Forest do still have Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor to operate as the lone striker in Chris Hughton’s system.
With that in mind, we could see Silva utilised as a winger more often than not. Wherever he plays, the supporters now need to get behind the 24-year-old.