West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini is ready to bring Grady Diangana home from West Bromwich Albion.
Diangana burst on the scene with the Hammers last season in some style.
But his star faded as the season wore on.
The return to fitness of Andriy Yarmolenko, addition of Pablo Fornals and the fact Pellegrini had Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass to choose from meant Diangana was shipped out on loan to West Brom in the summer.
West Ham fans have questioned wisdom of Diangana loan amid slump
Diangana has starred for the Baggies since. So much so that West Ham fans have been questioning the wisdom of the loan deal given their own struggles of late.
It is widely reported that West Ham inserted a January break clause in the season-long loan deal. No such caveat was mentioned when the club announced the move back in August (whufc.com).
But now Sky Sports has claimed Pellegrini is ready to pull the trigger on that reported clause and bring the young star back to East London.
Report repeats break clause claim
“Sky Sports News understands there is a clause in the versatile attacking midfielder’s loan agreement which allows him to return to the London Stadium in the new year, should West Ham decide they need him,” Sky Sports stated in the report.
“Diangana’s impressive performances in the Championship have grabbed Pellegrini’s attention.”
The England U20 international has played 14 games for Slaven Bilic’s side this season, scoring four goals and adding five assists.
That included two assists in the 2-0 victory at Stoke on Monday night.
Perhaps Pellegrini’s decision to recall Diangana has also been influenced by his lucky escape from a potentially serious injury in the same game.
Loan good for Grady but Pellegrini must do what is right by West Ham
Diangana was on the receiving end of an horrific challenge from Tottenham-owned defender Cameron Carter-Vickers – read full story here.
But fortunately he was not seriously hurt.
The Championship is a fiercely competitive league. And the loan is obviously doing Diangana the world of good.
Pellegrini must be selfish, though, given West Ham’s predicament. If the Chilean feels Diangana can help improve the club’s attacking options then he must do right by West Ham.