Grady Diangana is the latest product of West Ham’s academy to make a name for himself in the first-team.
The youngster has really burst onto the scene this season after Manuel Pellegrini placed his faith in him.
After scoring twice on his debut in the cup, Diangana has gone on to establish himself as a regular in Pellegrini’s plans.
And in the absence of Andriy Yarmolenko, the 20-year-old now appears to be the first-choice right-winger at West Ham.
His recent performances in the Premier League have not only impressed West Ham fans, but also international scouts.
According to a report by The Mirror, England will battle with the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Diangana’s international allegiance.
This is a major decision for the young man to make – but which path should he choose?
Declan Rice situation
Diangana is not the only West Ham starlet currently stuck in this predicament.
Declan Rice is also at the centre of a tug-of-war between two countries.
Having played three times for the Republic of Ireland, he is seriously considering changing his allegiance to England instead.
Diangana can take some solace from the fact that he is not alone in making a difficult decision.
The case for DR Congo
Diangana was born in DR Congo and will obviously feel strong links to the nation. The silky midfielder lived in DR Congo until he was four, when his family relocated to London.
The advantage of representing DR Congo would be his first-team chances.
DR Congo are trying to get him to commit his future to them and will immediately integrate him into the senior squad.
At the age of 20, Diangana has a chance to play senior international football already. That is surely a temptation that would lure him towards that path.
And starting his international football at such a young age gives him a chance to etch himself into DR Congo folklore with a long and illustrious career.
Moreover, he would join fellow Hammer Arthur Masuaku in representing “The Leopards“.
The case for England
On the other hand, choosing to represent England would present Diangana with bigger opportunities if he makes it at the top level.
If Diangana became a senior England international, he would compete at World Cups and be in contention for silverware.
Moreover, playing with better players in a better structure would improve the left-footed midfielder as a player.
Another advantage of choosing England now is that he would not commit his entire future to the Three Lions.
England are lining him up for an under-20 call-up, as per The Mirror. And he is being considered for next summer’s under-21 European Championships.
If Diangana opts to represent England at youth level, he can still switch his allegiance to DR Congo in the future.