Diangana makes most of West Ham chance

Grady Diangana has made the most of his chance in the West Ham United first-team thus far this season.

The 20-year-old made his breakthrough at the beginning of the campaign, playing a single minute against Manchester United in the 3-1 win at the London Stadium.

Just two games later, Diangana played 50 minutes in the pressure cooker of a London derby against Tottenham Hotspur and has since played twice against Manchester City, and provided an assist versus Burnley.

His appearances have been sporadic and he has yet to play 90 minutes for the Irons in the Premier League.

Diangana did finish the game against Birmingham City in the FA Cup, however, as the club won 2-0, and also scored twice in the EFL Cup win over Macclesfield Town, before again finishing the game against Spurs in the same competition, this time in a 3-1 defeat.

This is the correct way to bed in young talent.

Diangana is a pacy, skilful winger and has the ability to be a star for the club, but he is not having the world loaded onto his shoulders.

Instead, he is being slowly blooded by manager Manuel Pellegrini, who clearly knows that he has a genuinely talented young player on his books.

Diangana has been capped by England at Under-20 level and is primed to become another superbly exciting academy graduate in east London, following in the footsteps of Declan Rice by becoming a first-team regular.

Pellegrini is treading softly, but the youngster’s boundless potential will surely be impossible to ignore for much longer.