Grady Diangana is working with West Ham’s first-team squad again this week, according to local reports.
Football.London reports that Manuel Pellegrini has opted to keep Diangana with his first-team in training after his impressive performances in recent weeks.
The academy product has seized his chance with the first-team and might be in line for more games.
Diangana’s dream debut
West Ham faced Macclesfield Town in the EFL Cup last week and Diangana was handed his debut.
The 20-year-old did not let the occasion get to him as he was in top form.
The left-footed midfielder capped a brilliant debut with two late goals for the Hammers in an 8-0 win.
In turn, this led to him being named on the bench for the Premier League game against Manchester United.
And he came on as an injury time substitute for his league bow.
As a reward for his good performances lately, Diangana has been training with the first-team rather than the under-23s.
The DR Congo born starlet also missed the under-23 match on Monday evening, suggesting he has been promoted on a more permanent basis.
This could mean that he is back in the match day squad for Friday night’s trip to Brighton.
Will he get more game time?
With Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko standing out with their performances on the wings, Diangana is unlikely to get a start any time soon.
But the young prospect is highly rated by the club and is likely to be back on the bench.
Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio and Lucas Perez are all competing with Diangana. You would also imagine that Diangana drops out of the match day squad when Javier Hernandez recovers from illness.
But for now, the academy star needs to ride the wave, enjoy his time with the first-team and learn from the top players.
If he gets an opportunity, it is up to Diangana to take it, as he did in the cup.