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West Ham: West Brom target Grady Diangana and Ajibola Alese loans

West Ham: West Brom target Grady Diangana and Ajibola Alese loans

West Bromwich Albion are hoping to make a double swoop of loans on West Ham United, according to ExWHUEmployee.

He first confirmed that the Baggies are hoping to bring in centre-back Ajibola Alese, before stating that the other player they are hoping to bring in on a temporary basis is Grady Diangana.

Slaven Bilic is currently the man in charge at the Hawthorns, so it seems as though he is using his West Ham links to strengthen the West Brom squad.

Alese is still only 18-years-old, but he made his debut for West Ham U23s during the 2017/18 campaign, as per the official West Ham website.

He has also represented England up to U18 level, as per Transfermarkt, which includes his experience of playing at the U17 European Championship in 2018.

The centre-back has shown that he can compete with the best youth players, though this would be a good opportunity to test himself at senior level.

Diangana will have more of a decision to make regarding whether he wants to head out on loan, as he has forced his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team squad.

Having scored twice on his debut against Macclesfield Town, Diangana went on to make six Premier League starts and 11 substitute appearances last season, assisting one goal, as per WhoScored.

The 21-year-old averaged 0.7 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per Premier League game last season, which is pretty impressive for somebody just coming into the league.

It is a no-brainer that Alese should take this loan opportunity, as he has already shown his pedigree at youth level, which indicates he needs to take the step up and test himself at senior level.

It seems unlikely that he would be able to do that at West Ham right now given the competition of Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena, which shows it could be beneficial for him to drop down to the Championship in order to gain a real taste of senior level football.

There can be an argument made that Diangana should stay though, as despite game time being harder to come by, it could be better for his development if he is to play at a higher level.

He would surely get some game time – even if a lot of it comes off the bench – as there isn’t incredible squad depth on the wings, especially on the left. This means that a drop to the Championship, after gaining some Premier League experience, might not greatly benefit his development.

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