West Brom boss Slaven Bilic spoke to reporters today, and gave his opinion on Grady Diangana, after West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini suggested that the young winger should remain with the Baggies until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old joined West Brom on loan from the Hammers at the start of the season, and he has been quite simply brilliant for the Black Country outfit.
Diangana has racked up four goals and five assists in 13 Championship outings for the Baggies.
And his fine form has led to calls for him to be recalled by West Ham.
Pellegrini seemed to rule that out, however, when speaking to reporters yesterday, suggesting that it will be best for the youngster to remain at the Hawthorns for the entire season.
And when speaking to the press today, Bilic seemed to agree with that notion, as quoted by Birmingham Live:
“Of course. Pellegrini is a great manager. He’s done everything, but I really think that for us, for West Ham and for Grady, it’ll best for him to stay and to grow up as a player. Grady is nowhere near the finished article. He’s a young player who is enjoying it. It’s his first season where he’s an important part of the team that is fighting for something. It’s great for him. He’s on a great path, he’s enjoying every game. He’s raising his game, he’s growing and for him and also for West Ham long term – and for us, of course – it would be good to stop that process.”
Bilic and Pellegrini are right. If Diangana returned to West Ham in January, there is no guarantee that he would play regularly.
The young winger is doing great with West Brom, and that will benefit both him and West Ham in the long run.