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West Brom must return Grady Diangana to the starting side

West Bromwich Albion suffered yet another defeat over the weekend, as Richard Beale was once again forced to lead his wounded side to face an impressive Millwall.

It marks another game without a permanent manager appointed, despite Steve Bruce having been dismissed two weeks ago now.

As the games slip by without one, their miserable form will surely continue.

The Baggies have only won one game in their last 12 Championship matches.

In an effort to spark some of his better players into action, Beale has at times opted to bench them.

Against the Lions, he used this method on Grady Diangana and actually did not bring him on at all despite Albion chasing a winner.

Now that he has made his point and the Baggies have lost another game, he cannot afford to leave him there; he has too much talent to simply waste away on the sidelines. 

He may be underperforming now, but when on form there are few that can dominate the league as he can.

During his initial loan season at the Hawthorns, he scored eight and assisted seven in just 30 league matches as they achieved promotion to the Premier League.

After a performance earlier this year, in which he was instrumental in his side’s 5-2 win over Hull City, Bruce had the following to say on his importance: “He just does it by his natural ability. When he does it well, then we are a bigger threat when he is like he is today.”

Whether on form or not, he is another player of quality for the opposition to worry about.

Although statistically he has not enjoyed one of the finer starts to the season, he still boasts an average SofaScore rating of 7.03 whilst recording 1.9 key passes per game and having created five big chances.

Has Grady Diangana let WBA down this season?





Perhaps the limelight should be removed from the 24-year-old, who clearly is still performing to a decent standard, and is just being largely let down by his teammates.

In an interview with Sky Sports, pundit Lee Hendrie labelled him “magnificent” and “a massive plus point” for the club.

If anyone is going to pull them out of this mess it will likely be him, and he must now be returned to the starting line-up so that whoever takes over can turn to him instantly to be the main man in their revival.