West Ham have had some extremely talented youngsters over the last few seasons. Declan Rice is the most coveted youngster on their books at the moment, however, Grady Diangana is proving his worth under Manuel Pellegrini, and we’ll be pitting him up against an ex-West Ham prodigy in Domingos Quina here.
At the age of just 20, Grady Diangana is one who the Irons will be desperate to hold on to, whilst they were all gutted when Quina made the switch to Watford over the summer, if they were to lose this star, they’d be distraught. Manuel Pellegrini has put his faith in the tricky winger on more than one occasion and so far, trusting the winger has been a decision that has paid off.
In two appearances in the Carabao Cup this season, Diangana has scored twice. He doesn’t just perform in the cup though, seeing as he’s been a bright spark in the Premier League too. In four starts and five substitute appearances for the Hammers he’s registered an assist and been used to stretch the opposition with his incredible pace, and on Saturday we could be seeing just that against Watford.
TT GRADE: B+
From West Ham present to West Ham past. Over the summer, Domingos Quina was allowed to leave the London Stadium and he ended up choosing Watford as his preferred destination. So far, though, he’s only managed five appearances for the Hornets after initially struggling to win the trust of manager Javi Gracia. Now that the Spaniard has full faith in him, he has started to shine.
Five appearances for the club this season, three in the Premier League and one in the Carabao Cup, have brought the Portuguese U20 international a healthy return of two goals, with his first ever Premier League goal coming against Cardiff last weekend in the form of a wonderful right-footed bending effort to beat Neil Etheridge in the Bluebirds net, and he’d love to double up with a goal against his former employers this Saturday.
TT GRADE: B
Whilst Quina did what he thought was the right thing by making the move from West Ham to Watford, he ‘s only opened the door for another youngster to take his place and shine brighter than he did, with Diangana starting to flourish at the London Stadium. The mission for Watford’s youngster will be to show the Hammers they were wrong to sell him, but for now it’s Diangana who comes out on top in this battle.