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West Brom’s biggest fears have been elevated ahead of the January transfer window as reports have emerged claiming that West Ham are seriously considering the thought of recalling enigmatic star Grady Diangana.
Football Insider suggests that Manuel Pellegrini has been keeping a close eye on the 21-year-old’s progress at the Hawthorns, so much so that they now regard the winger as a ‘genuine’ option given that the Hammers have struggled to find the net this season.
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West Ham are potentially playing with Diangana’s career if they pull the plug on his loan deal as the prospect is gaining valuable game time each week under Slaven Bilic.
Even if Pellegrini sees him as a possible solution to their goalscoring woes, is he really going to break into the starting XI? Probably not.
That’s even if he has hyped him up to be similar to ‘Santi Cazorla,’ someone he managed at Villarreal once upon a time.
At the Hammers, Diangana would presumably be simply needed to make an impact off the bench, considering they have Felipe Anderson (£35m), Andriy Yarmolenko (£17.5m), and summer signing Pablo Fornals (£24m) ahead of him in the pecking order.
Therefore, the decision will only stall the amount of competitive game time he receives, and as a consequence, his development will also be halted.
Bilic is the perfect man to breed him in preparation for the future too.
The Croatian was the man to bring Declan Rice to light at the London Stadium, handing him his professional debut aged just 18 in 2017.
Look at how far he has come as he is now regularly linked with moves to Manchester United.
In addition to that, you only have to look at how the club has developed its own over the last few years. Case in point being both Kyle Edwards and Nathan Ferguson, who have broken into the first-team this season making over 12 appearances each in the Championship, per WhoScored.
Diangana should be looked at in the summer by the Hammers’ management staff as then he can be fully integrated amongst the first-team setup, even more so after a fruitful season at Albion, which hopefully results in them gaining promotion to the top-flight.
For now, it’s better for all parties if he remains in the Midlands.