West Ham United loan star Grady Diangana survived a sickening challenge from Tottenham Hotspur-owned Cameron Carter-Vickers on Monday night.
Diangana was loaned out to the Baggies by Manuel Pellegrini in the summer while Tottenham chose to send 21-year-old centre back Carter-Vickers on loan to Stoke.
Much like when he first burst on the scene with West Ham, Diangana has been a revelation at the Hawthorns.
Grade A Grady
So much so that West Ham fans have questioned the wisdom of letting the young star leave, particularly given his parent club’s desperate lack of form over the last two months.
And Diangana was at it again on Monday night. The Hammers loan ranger provided assists for both West Brom goals in a 2-0 win at Stoke which put Slaven Bilic’s side top of the Championship.
The first saw Diangana face up two Stoke defenders before exchanging a one-two which took him inside the box where he wriggled free to play the ball across goal and provide Matty Phillips with a tap-in.
For the second goal, the Hammer almost paid a heavy price.
Hammer survives horror tackle from Spurs loanee
As he raced into the box, Diangana pulled off a clever nutmeg on Tottenham loan defender Carter-Vickers.
But the Spurs-owned player was guilty of an horrendous challenge which could easily have broken Diangana’s leg had it not given way on the Stoke surface.
Carter-Vickers rushed in and made an aggressive, out of control lunge which was widely criticised by the pundits during the live Sky Sports game.
Somehow the Tottenham man only received a yellow card.
Pellegrini looks likely to recall ‘new Carzola’
Hal Robson-Kanu ensured he was punished, though, when he stuck away the resulting penalty to make it two assists for Diangana.
Thankfully Diangana saw out the rest of the game. But it is unlikely he will see out the rest of his loan at West Brom.
The deal between West Ham and the Baggies has a break clause in January.
Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan and has compared the winger to Santi Carzola (Evening Standard).
And if the jet-heeled winger continues to perform to his current standards there is no doubt West Ham will recall him.