Former Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland striker Darren Bent has admitted he was surprised that West Ham didn’t take up the option to recall winger Grady Diangana from his loan spell at West Brom.
Diangana had a great start to his loan move in the Championship, scoring five times, and assisting six times in 19 games, per Transfermarkt. However, the winger suffered a hamstring injury in December and when he came back in January, he struggled and was arguably rushed back, as he aggravated his injury and now faces a further spell on the sidelines with an unknown return date.
When Darren Bent spoke about the player to Football Insider, he said “I was shocked when they didn’t call him back in January, because I was convinced they were going to bring him back from West Brom and kind of kill them a little bit – like Leicester did with Harvey Barnes last year.
“He’s exciting, he’s young, you’ve got to give him an opportunity.
“I’m really excited to see what he can do because I think he can do big things in this league.”
With the Irons currently fighting for Premier League survival, it may have seemed a strange time to bring back a young talent developing pretty well elsewhere. Still, given his aforementioned impact in light of Felipe Anderson’s struggles given he’s contributed to just five goals this season, perhaps turning to an exciting young player could have proved somewhat of a wildcard, as the emergence of Jeremy Ngakia has been for the Hammers.
Indeed, as per WhoScored, the youngster is averaging more shots per game, more key passes and more fouls won than Anderson, so does look to have an attacking impetus that could be welcome in East London.
With that in mind, there is an argument to suggest Bent was right to be surprised.
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