West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has indicated that he will not recall Grady Diangana from his loan spell with West Bromwich Albion, as reported by the Hammers’ official channels.
Speaking during his press conference before the Burnley game, Pellegrini said: “I think that Grady Diangana is doing what we wanted for him, the same as Josh Cullen, players that without any doubt will be a big part of West Ham in the future.
“I trust a lot in Grady, and I thought that it was better for him to go and play 40 games this year, and be absolutely ready for next season, than play here just some of the games.
“I think that we must continue supporting him, we must continue being happy with his performances, and he must finish his season where he is.”
Whether or not Diangana will be recalled has been a big talking point at West Ham and one that has stimulated debate among FFC writers.
Here’s what we had to say about Pellegrini’s stance:
“Pellegrini has made the wrong decision here, as Diangana has highlighted that he can already be an asset for West Ham if given the chance.
Felipe Anderson hasn’t produced as many would have hoped this season, as he has failed to get a single goal, but there is little competition for him.
Any potential replacement would be playing out of position, with Pablo Fornals springing to mind.
“Even if it wouldn’t match what he’s getting under Slaven Bilic, Diangana would definitely get game time, giving him the chance to make an impact for the Hammers.
“That Pellegrini has decided to leave him at the Hawthorns doesn’t feel like he is doing everything to get the most out of this campaign.”
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“Pellegrini has got this spot on. Diangana simply has to stay at West Brom for the remainder of the season, even if the Hammers have been struggling – winning none of their last six.
“The 21-year-old has been a breath of fresh air so far this term and has taken the Championship by storm, netting four times and assisting the same number of strikes. He’s been absolutely crucial to the way the Baggies have gone about their business and he should be allowed to develop away from London Stadium for another half a season.
“West Ham are struggling in the goals department, specifically from a wide area. No one other than Andriy Yarmolenko has hit the back of the net from that role so it’s hard to deny Diangana wouldn’t be a useful option.
“But for the time being, that’s all he’d be if he went back. At the end of the day, if the likes of Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini get up and running and show the quality they’re capable of, Diangana would have to sit on the bench. He’s much better off staying where he is.”
“This could be another mistake by Manuel Pellegrini. Over the summer he failed to improve the midfield area, as his only midfield addition, Pablo Fornals, has struggled so far with zero goals and zero assists in the Premier League.
“Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini have experienced a drop in form, too, with fans critical of their recent performances, and therefore recalling Grady Diangana could be a big lift to the team.
“He has proved at West Brom that he can be productive in the final third, something the Hammers are in desperate need of with only Sebastien Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko scoring more than two this term.
“Diangana would also provide an injection of pace which could be of benefit to Pellegrini’s side, meaning he would also be a useful impact sub, as well as a starter.”
“I think this is the most sensible move by Pellegrini. It would be somewhat selfish of the Chilean to disrupt the 21-year-old’s scintillating form at West Brom in order to see if Diangana can help overturn the Hammers’ fortunes back at London Stadium, something that might not be entirely feasible – Pellegrini is still yet to get the best out of big-money summer signing Pablo Fornals.