West Ham youngster Diangana continues to train with first-team

Manuel Pellegrini has kept 20-year-old talent Grady Diangana amongst the first-team squad after being impressed by the midfielder, Football.London reports.

What’s the word?

West Ham’s slow start to the season now seems to be a million light years away, with the Hammers flying high following a huge upturn in form that has seen Manuel Pellegrini’s side enjoy a four-game unbeaten run.

One of their highlights in recent weeks came in the EFL Cup drubbing of Macclesfield, where the East London side stormed to an 8-0 victory in a match that saw academy graduate Grady Diangana net a brace on his first-team debut, before then making his Premier League bow in the 3-1 victory over Manchester United.

His stay in the first-team has not come to a close though as Football.London reports he has remained with the squad this season ahead of Friday’s clash with Brighton rather than being sent back to the U23 squad.

A good choice?

Having been with the club since the age of 12, Diangana is the definition of a homegrown hero for the Hammers and has become an instant hit with the fans, following in the footsteps of fellow academy graduate Declan Rice.

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Regular first-team action may be difficult to come by when competing with the likes of Felipe Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and Andriy Yarmolenko but the 20-year-old has already provided evidence that he is capable of mixing with the big boys.

Keeping Diangana in the first-team squad is a good choice from Pellegrini, particularly amidst the uncertain future of Michail Antonio, a player that the youngster could replace in the squad if necessary.

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