Former England striker Darren Bent has been speaking about West Ham, and he is excited about young Grady Diangana after his performances so far whilst on loan at West Bromwich Albion this season.
The winger has helped the Baggies fight for promotion in the Championship this term and in his 21 league appearances he has managed to score five goals from the left-wing, whilst also chipping in with six assists on top of that per Transfermarkt.
This has seen many West Ham fans excited over the 22 year-old’s potential, and it was reported recently that David Moyes will give the Englishman a key role at the club next season, per Football.London.
Speaking to Football Insider about Diangana, Bent said, “They’ve got the guy on loan at West Brom – Diangana – he’s another top, top player, he’s been brilliant for West Brom this season.
“It really surprised me in January that they didn’t take him back.
“He’s a top player and if that’s the route they’re going down – they bring him back, they brought Jarrod Bowen from Hull and he’s been an absolute revelation, if they can get him (Eze) from QPR as well, he’s been absolutely top drawer – I really like the direction they’re going in.”
It’s hard to disagree with Bent here, the club could have possibly looked to bring the winger back in January as they are currently fighting for their lives in the Premier League. He could have provided a real attacking intent which is proven by his stats as he managed on average 1.5 shots per game, which would rank him fifth best in the Hammers squad, whilst his 1.3 key passes would rank him third and his 2.3 successful dribbles per game would see him in the top three, via WhoScored.
Can Diangana get into the first team next season?
The Irons have also seen Jarrod Bowen make a positive start, scoring one goal in his four appearances for the East London side, showing that a player excelling in the league below can continue to succeed in England’s top flight, so the fact that next season the club could have Diangana and Bowen on either flank should be something that excites everyone involved with the club.
It seems like the Hammers could have some great talent in their squad for next season, and it’s hard to not side with Bent and be excited for the potential and direction that the club could be going in.
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