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West Ham coach Terry Westley has stark warning for overnight star Grady Diangana

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Grady Diangana has been one of the highlights of West Ham United’s season so far.

The 20-year-old winger has burst onto the scene under Manuel Pellegrini in the last two months.

Hammers fans could be forgiven for having never heard of the youngster before this season.


The 20-year-old has got his big chance after Andriy Yarmolenko was ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

And boy did he take it, putting in fearless displays for the Hammers.

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Diangana looks right up West Ham fans’ street

Diangana has skill and pace in abundance and is exactly the kind of player West Ham fans love to watch.

His form since breaking into the Hammers team has been so good it earned him a call-up to the England Under 20s squad.

He starred in that game too as England ran out winners.

Diangana’s performance at Huddersfield last time out was not up to the standards he has set, though.

Like a number of his teammates he was poor and was substituted at half-time.

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Grady warned the hard work is only just beginning

Now his old academy director Terry Westley has delivered a stark warning to the player about what he needs to do to be a success.

“He won’t want to come out of the England set-up or the West Ham first team,” Westley told

“He’s had a taste of playing in front of big crowds, and at London Stadium, and he’s now got the challenge of taking it on further.

“There’s a lot of work still to be done and it’s about building on his great start over the coming months and years.”

Westley is right to put it in black and white for Diangana.

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Be more Declan Rice, less Reece Oxford

Football and indeed West Ham’s recent past is littered with young stars failing to establish themselves at the top after encouraging starts to their careers.

From Freddie Sears to Elliot Lee, Zavon Hines, Ravel Morrison and most recently Reece Oxford.

Hammers fans won’t wont Diangana to go the same way so it is important he bounces back in his next performance and shows he is here to stay.

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