West Brom are set to welcome Grady Diangana back into the fold as they resume their Championship promotion push against Birmingham on Saturday.
The 22-year-old hasn’t played in five months since getting injured in the defeat against Stoke but he has now recovered from that body blow and he will be available for the rest of the season after West Ham granted a loan extension to keep him at The Hawthorns to the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
It was also revealed this week by respected Hammers blog Claret and Hugh that the London club would be willing to sell the winger permanently for £20m if the Baggies could (and wanted to) stump up that fee for him.
Whether they will be able to part with that amount in what is set to be a very restrained transfer window remains to be seen, although Slaven Bilic will surely be grateful to have Diangana at his disposal for the next few weeks as West Brom seek to return to the Premier League.
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Diangana has contributed five goals and six assists in his 22 Baggies appearances so far, with only Matheus Pereira setting up more goals for Albion this season. The last time he found the net was actually against Saturday’s opponents Birmingham when Bilic’s team won 3-2 at St Andrew’s in December, so the 22-year-old has fond memories of taking on West Brom’s Midlands rivals.
The winger has impressed with his willingness and ability to take on opponents, his average of 2.3 successful dribbles per game by far the highest in the Baggies’ squad, and that probably plays a large part in him winning 1.4 fouls per match, with opponents often having to resort to illegal means to stop him in his tracks. [via WhoScored]
With West Brom not scoring in either of their two most recent league games before the season was halted in March, the return of Diangana to the fold for the sprint finish to the promotion line should come as a timely and significant boost for Bilic. Even if the Baggies aren’t able to keep him at the club next season, keeping the 22-year-old at The Hawthorns for the remainder of this campaign could prove to be a masterstroke if Albion regain their top-flight status by the end of July.
West Brom fans, how big a boost is it to have Diangana back for the final few weeks of the season? Comment below with your views!
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