Carlton Palmer has hailed West Bromwich Albion winger Grady Diangana as a “fantastic talent” who is “one for the future” in an exclusive with Football FanCast.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast correspondent Tom Ward, the former England international is backing Diangana to cope with the pressures and demands of life at the Hawthorns.
Diangana burst onto the scene at West Brom as the Baggies battled their way to Premier League promotion last term, before he left his boyhood club West Ham for the final time for a fee that has risen to £18m in the summer.
Last season, the 22-year-old scored eight goals and supplied six assists in 30 games in the Championship, whilst he averaged 1.6 shots, 1.4 key passes and 2.4 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
After struggling to break into West Ham’s first team with Andriy Yarmolenko, Robert Snodgrass, Jarrod Bowen, Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals for competition, he moved to the West Midlands in the end instead, which didn’t go down well with his former teammates, with Mark Noble tweeting:
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— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) September 4, 2020
He is highly-rated by Baggies chiefs – and Hal Robson-Kanu has insisted the excitement is shared by the rest of the squad.
However, Palmer believes Diangana needs to be protected from overzealous Baggies fans, as he told FFC:
“He is a fantastic talent, I think it’s a great acquisition for West Brom.
“You can’t put huge pressure on a 22-year-old who has never played in the Premier League.”
“But he’s definitely one for the future, he’s a talented, talented boy.”
Diangana has given fans a glimpse of things to come as he scored his first goal in the top flight in the 5-2 defeat at home to Everton in September.
Since he first arrived at the Hawthorns, the 1-cap England U21 international has scored nine goals and supplied seven assists in 40 games in all competitions for the Baggies, which is a pretty impressive return by any player’s standards, especially when you consider the fact that at one stage he seemed destined to become a fringe player at West Ham.
However, he seems to have run out of steam in recent weeks, with only one goal in his last nine outings so far this season.
But, given his young age, the youngster cannot be expected to shoulder the burden of responsibility alone.
Whilst there is obviously still room for improvement, age is on his side.
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