West Ham United have confirmed that Grady Diangana has completed a season-long loan move to West Bromwich Albion.
This move will see the 21-year -old work with Slaven Bilic, who was West Ham manager between 2015 and 2017.
Diangana impressed on his West Ham debut last season, scoring twice in an 8-0 Carabao Cup win against Macclesfield Town, as per Transfermarkt.
The academy graduate eventually went on to make six Premier League starts and 11 substitute appearances for the Hammers, making one assist, as per WhoScored.
He was threatening, especially when it is considered he was still adapting to playing at Premier League level, completing 0.7 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game.
His hunger to succeed was also on display, as he didn’t shirk his defensive responsibility, making 1.2 tackles per game.
At times it seemed as though he was on the cusp of being able to make his mark in the Premier League, even if he was unable to get on the score sheet.
It seems a little bit unnecessary for Diangana to go out on loan when his role in the team throughout the second half of last season is considered.
An argument could be made that his development would have benefited more from playing a bit-part role in the Premier League and learning from players such as Felipe Anderson, rather than being a starter at Championship level.
He likely would have got some game time had he stayed after being used last season, which would have been good for him even if most of it was from the bench.
However, now that the loan has been confirmed, the West Ham youngster should be able to go out and make the most of the opportunity.
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