Grady Diangana has the option to leave West Ham on loan this summer, EXWHUEmployee has revealed. Speaking on The West Ham Way podcast on Phoenix FM (Wednesday 17th July), EXWHUEmployee gave listeners some updates on West Ham youngsters.
There are a number of impressive young players in West Ham’s academy pushing for first-team spots. But Manuel Pellegrini is taking pre-season to run the rule over them before deciding on whether to sell, loan or keep the Hammers youth players. Here are the seven West Ham players discussed on EXWHUEmployee’s podcast.
Marcus Browne has been told that he will be allowed to leave West Ham on a permanent deal. The 21-year-old impressed on loan at Oxford United last season, scoring nine times for the League One club.
But there is a significant jump from the third tier to the Premier League and Pellegrini clearly does not think Browne is ready. Rangers, Celtic and Fulham have been linked with Browne this summer (according to Goal) and a permanent exit looks likely.
Conor Coventry is a highly-rated young player but he is not quite ready for his first-team breakthrough yet. The Republic of Ireland U21 starlet, who captains West Ham’s U23 team, will be sent out on loan.
The 19-year-old has already made his senior debut for the Hammers in the EFL Cup win over Macclesfield Town. But now he will be given a loan spell and he could be an asset for a Championship or League One club.
Josh Cullen will be given a chance to impress in pre-season. If he can prove that he can be Pedro Obiang’s replacement, the Republic of Ireland international will stay. If not, he will leave.
The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Charlton Athletic, becoming a fan favourite after dominating with his midfield performances. Now, he needs to prove he can step up two divisions and perform in the top-flight.
Grady Diangana broke into the West Ham team last season, playing over 20 games after scoring twice on his debut against Macclesfield. The 21-year-old is a left-footed winger who has been impressive in pre-season so far.
But Pellegrini is ready to let Diangana decide whether to head out on loan or fight for his place. The England U20 international would get more regular playing time with a Championship loan move so this is something he is mulling over.
After scoring twice and providing eight assists in just 11 Premier League 2 games last season, fans were surprised when Nathan Holland was not given a first-team chance. The 21-year-old was also snubbed for the China tour but he did score for the U23 team against FC Kosice on Monday.
The ex-Everton and England U19 winger is an exciting prospect but Pellegrini is not quite ready to include him. Holland will be given a loan exit this summer to prove himself at senior level.
Reece Oxford is likely to leave West Ham this summer – although EXWHUEmployee did not specify whether that would be a loan or a permanent deal. Both possibilities are on the table with Augsburg chasing a permanent transfer and Fulham and Swansea lining up a loan move (Sky Sports).
The 20-year-old has failed to live up to the early hype in his career after he made his debut at the age of 16. After three loan spells, this pre-season could be his last chance to change Pellegrini’s mind but he is not in China with the senior squad.
Joe Powell signed a one-year deal last summer to extend his stay at West Ham. Prior to that, he impressed in a loan spell with League Two club Northampton Town.
The 20-year-old also made his debut in that Macclesfield game and he provided two assists. But the left-footed midfielder will be given another loan move to prove he deserves a longer stay.