Grady Diangana scored twice on his senior debut last night.

It was a dream debut for the West Ham academy product, who scored the last two goals in an 8-0 win over Macclesfield Town.

The youngster scored with both feet, capping a terrific all-round performance and a senior bow to remember.

But now Pellegrini has a decision to make. Does young Diangana warrant a place in the match day squad to play Manchester United this Saturday?

The Hammers take on the Red Devils at The London Stadium in the Premier League and Pellegrini will be considering what to do with Diangana.

In favour of Diangana’s inclusion

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: Grady Diangana of West Ham United scores his side’s seventh goal during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Macclesfield Town at The London Stadium on September 26, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

The lively attacking midfielder showcased his talent last night.

With pace, skill and quality on the ball, Diangana took both of his goals well and could have had more.

He also contributed towards another couple of goals.

The left-footed midfield man scored with both feet and never stopped working for the team.

That hunger and desire could be the key to unlocking Manchester United’s leaky defence.

Against Diangana’s inclusion

The flip side of the argument is that West Ham are now packed with talent in the match day squad.


With Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez potentially returning, there is little room on the bench.

Carlos Sanchez could miss out, but that still means someone else would have to be dropped from the bench for Diangana to be included.

With Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson taking the starting attacking midfield slots, there are three waiting in the wings.

Michail Antonio, Robert Snodgrass and Lucas Perez all scored against Macclesfield as well.

Can Pellegrini justify excluded any of those this Saturday?

The Verdict

Diangana could hardly have done any more. Not only did he weigh in with a couple of goals and an assist but he also caused problems all night.

Granted the quality of opposition was poor, but he definitely would have caught Pellegrini’s eye.

I think he deserves the opportunity to sit on the bench for the Man United clash and push for his Premier League debut.

But it depends on whether Chicharito is fit. And Pellegrini might not want three attacking midfielders on the bench.

It would be harsh to drop Diangana after his magical display at the weekend, but he is young and more opportunities will come his way.

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