When you leave a Premier League club for the Championship on loan, it’s a do or die situation. Play well and you have a chance of the first team next season. Play badly and you could be out the door. Football is a cruel business. But without doubt, West Ham’s Grady Diangana has taken his chance.
The 21 year old managed to make a handful of appearances for the Hammers last season. But he struggled to set the world alight in the Premier League. After signing for West Brom on loan for 2019/20, Diangana has been sensational for the Baggies, helping them currently sit top of the league. West Ham have been considering recalling him for the last few days.
Though Manuel Pellegrini has come out today and said he won’t recall the midfielder, we’ll make the argument for why he should be:
Grady Diangana – Style of Play
An attacking midfielder that has taken the Championship by storm this season, the England U20 international is incredibly good on the ball. Though this is expected from an attacker, Diangana is particularly good. Several times in the video, he has a burst of speed to beat his man out wide, before either cutting inside or going down the byline. Either way, when he’s in possession of the ball, the opposition are on the back foot.
On numerous occasions in the video, the 5ft 11 midfielder is showcasing his impressive footwork. Flicks, tricks, rolling it past a player (that nutmeg on Richard Keogh was superb), Diangana is a joy to watch on the ball. But alongside the trickery, he produces with end product:
Grady Diangana 2019/20 stats for West Brom (PERIOD)
Those stats alone without going into depth show the influence the West Ham loanee is having in the second tier. But we’ll break it down further just to emphasise how good Grady Diangana is:
1.5 shots per game and 1.8 key passes per game, show how everything goes through him in the side’s attack. Moreover, 2.4 dribbles per game just emphasise our point from earlier. He’s too good for the Championship.
Stick or twist?
So based on that, should he be recalled back to the London Stadium? He’s definitely proven in a short period of time he’s talented and capable. But would disrupting his season do him or the Hammers any benefit? It is still only half a season and perhaps recalling him might be a bit too reactionary.
West Ham are lacking inspiration, with a underwhelming campaigning considering the squad they have and the money they’ve spent. Only 3 points off 6th place yes, but they haven’t won in 5 games. Even winning 2 or 3 of those would’ve seen them in a much better position.
Moreover, would the West Ham youth product even start regularly for the side? Probably not with their attacking options. Let us know what you think by tweeting us @TasteofFtbl on Twitter!