West Ham smashed their way past Macclesfield Town on Wednesday evening, securing an 8-0 win to put their name amongst Saturday’s fourth-round draw.
The victory was the Hammers’ largest since 1983 and extends an impressive run of form under Manuel Pellegrini to three matches unbeaten in all competitions, following the victory over Everton and the goalless draw with Chelsea.
Pellegrini named a strong side for the hosting of the League Two minnows but also handed an opportunity to 20-year-old winger Grady Diangana, who took his chance with both hands after scoring a brace on his senior debut.
The winger faces a wealth of competition in the battle to earn regular first-team football with the East London side, who also boast the likes of Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson in their ranks, but fans were impressed by the youngster’s performance.
We have gathered some of the best reactions to Diangana’s display below.
Really pleased for Snods to bag a couple this evening, and also for Diangana, now that's what you call grabbing an opportunity with both hands, great that the academy is once again starting to produce some talent.
— ⚒ Mr B ⚒ (@onebarian1) September 26, 2018
Diangana looks good
— Dom ⚒ (@Dom_WHUFC1995) September 26, 2018
Diangana was probably in the team because Holland is injured. Luck of circumstance and the boy has certainly grabbed his opportunity!
— Paul (@PaulLuckhurst) September 26, 2018
Get Diangana in the First Team squad!! What a talent!
— West Ham in the Blood (@WestHamBlood) September 26, 2018
Remember the name, Grady Diangana.
What a brilliant debut performance from the young man. pic.twitter.com/H0CTegxFEl
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) September 26, 2018
The best thing about it though is that tonight was all about the Academy. Grady Diangana’s debut brace assisted by fellow academy graduate Joe Powell. Huge boost for a club that is so proud of its Academy. #WHUFC #COYI
— James Jones (@ByJamesJones) September 26, 2018
Wow biggest win I’ve ever seen live! Diangana looked class tonight, well done lad delighted for him! Nice to have four academy players on the pitch at one time! Some nicely taken goals in there too!! Great company at the game too, happy days! Bring on Manchester United ⚒⚒
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) September 26, 2018
Absolutely buzzing for Diangana tonight!
Joined West Ham at 12 years old, and scores a brace on his first team debut.
What a fantastic night for this football club⚒
— Frankie Levin (@FrankWHUFC) September 26, 2018
@ExWHUemployee u keep saying don’t change a winning team so I reckon diangana is going to destroy luke shaw Saturday 😂
— John Hunt (@john1664) September 27, 2018