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Grady Diangana was West Ham’s unsung hero in Burnley victory

Grady Diangana was West Ham’s unsung hero in Burnley victory

West Ham supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League over the weekend.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their meeting with Burnley having lost two and drawn the other of their preceding three league games, and thus seeking a response at the London Stadium against Sean Dyche’s Clarets. And the home fans got just that as a brace from Felipe Anderson alongside strikes from Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez inspired the hosts to a 4-2 success on Saturday, a result which kept them 13th in the Premier League table.

Thus, there have been many thrilled Hammers fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been gushing over the exploits of summer signing Anderson, who produced arguably his best display for the club at the London Stadium on Saturday.

And while the forward played a vital part in West Ham’s success over the weekend, it was the efforts of 19-year-old sensation Grady Diangana which deserve special recognition in being the Hammers’ unsung hero on Saturday.

Ultimately, the young midfielder has been drafted into the first team set-up by Pellegrini as a result of the injury troubles gripping that particular area of the pitch, while Mark Noble’s suspension has hardly helped the manager’s cause in that department.

And after starring for the East London club in their 8-0 thrashing of Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup back in September, in which he scored twice, it’s clear that Diangana has vast amounts of potential, potential which he demonstrated with a stunning performance on Saturday.

Only three West Ham players touched the ball more often than the 19-year-old to underline his business and willingness to get on the ball and make things happen for the hosts, which was further exemplified by his five key passes during his time on the field.

And with one of those resulting in Anderson’s opener, the young sensation was able to translate his raw talent into a meaningful contribution, which isn’t something many young players are able to do so early in their professional careers.

What’s more, Diangana was consistently causing Burnley problems down the right-hand-side in attempting a staggering 11 dribbles during his 86 minutes on the pitch, completing a team-high six to demonstrate his unwavering confidence in his ability – he even completed two of the three tackles he attempted to underline another aspect of his game.

Overall, it was a very mature and exciting performance from a 19-year-old who only made his first Premier League start a matter of weeks ago, although given his efforts at the weekend, there will surely be plenty more to follow in the near future.

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