Over the past few years, West Brom have shown that they are capable of spending money in the transfer market to bring new players to the club in the hope that they can get the team into the Premier League and keep them there.
As is the case with many clubs, not all transfers end up being completely successful based on what those certain players end up delivering – or not delivering – on the pitch.
One player who could fall into this category at The Hawthorns is Grady Diangana.
The winger originally joined the Midlands club on a loan deal from West Ham United in 2019 before signing on a permanent basis a year later in a deal worth a reported fee of £18m after scoring eight goals and providing seven assists in 30 Championship appearances throughout the 2019/20 season.
In their 2020/21 Premier League campaign, the 23-year-old – who is currently the club’s second-highest earner on £25k-per-week according to Salary Sport – only netted one goal in 20 league appearances.
This season hasn’t been much better for him in terms of his goalscoring contributions in the Championship, with just two goals and one assist in 27 league appearances.
His performances this term haven’t exactly justified the significant transfer fee West Brom splashed out for him either, with WhoScored giving him an underwhelming overall rating of 6.38/10, making him the lowest-rated outfield player to have started more than seven league games for the Baggies this season.
Shortly after signing for Albion on a permanent basis, Transfermarkt had Diangana’s market value listed as £10.8m, whereas it now stands at just £7.2m, highlighting his decline as a result of his poor performances for the Baggies.
This suggests that the club and their former sporting and technical director Luke Dowling may have made a mistake in spending such a significant amount of money on the winger.
Now that Steve Bruce has taken charge of the team, he’ll be hoping that he can get the best out of Diangana before the campaign ends and duly give his side the best chance of securing promotion back to the Premier League.