When speaking to reporters today, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that he wants Grady Diangana to stay on loan with West Brom for the rest of the season, as quoted by Football.London.
The 21-year-old winger joined the Baggies on loan in the summer. And he has been absolutely ripping it up in the Championship.
Diangana has racked up four goals and five assists in 13 Championship appearances for West Brom so far.
And West Ham have really missed the youngster’s speed down the right hand flank. Especially during Michail Antonio’s absence.
There have been calls for the Hammers to recall Diangana in January.
Pellegrini seemed to rule that out from happening, however, when speaking to reporters today, as quoted by Football.London:
“I trust a lot in Grady. He will be ready for next season. We must continue supporting him. He must finish his season where he is.”
In truth, staying with West Brom will probably be best for Diangana’s development.
There is no guarantee that the 21-year-old would play regularly for West Ham this season, if he did indeed return to the London Stadium.
With Antonio closing in on a return, it is best that Diangana stays where he is. And the Hammers will then be able to benefit next season from the youngster gaining experience of regular first-team action.