West Ham United talent Xande Silva has admitted he is prepared to wait for his chance to play on a regular basis for the first team.

Silva, who arrived in east London from Vitoria Guimaraes in the summer, made his full senior debut for the Hammers during the 2-0 win over Birmingham City in the FA Cup on Saturday.




The 21-year-old impressed throughout his involvement until the 79th minute, when he was replaced by Felipe Anderson, and justified his selection for the cup tie.

Despite only arriving in England in the summer, Silva has settled in quickly and has already netted seven goals from six appearances for the Under-23s so far this term.
 


However, the competition for places in the first team means that Silva has been restricted to just two appearances at senior level but, the forward is prepared to wait for his chances.

Silva also admitted he is still only learning and revealed that playing in the Premier League has been a dream come true for him.
 

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“I am prepared for that”, Silva told the club’s official website.

“I am a new player here, I am very young and have a lot to learn.

“Since I was young I have wanted to play in the Premier League and I am grateful to now be at West Ham and have that opportunity.”

Silva, who can play anywhere across the front-three, has featured regularly for various age groups for the Portugal national team.