West Ham winger Grady Diangana scored a brace on his league debut for West Brom on Saturday. The 21-year-old had started on the bench but grabbed his first goal for the Baggies just three minutes after coming on as a half time substitute.
He managed to double his tally only a few minutes later with a header to put West Brom into a 2-1 lead against Luton Town. His double proved decisive as the Championship club secured the three points. TV pundit and former striker Darren Bent is hoping Diangana will get more chances when he goes back to Hammers:
“What you don’t want, I hate to see it happen, is when these young forwards go out on loan, do really well, score goals and then they come back to their parent club and still don’t get an opportunity.”
“Hopefully he can continue to score goals and then go back to West Ham and get an opportunity. He won’t feel like it’s a season wasted but it just doesn’t help the situation when they’re banging goals in and it doesn’t feel like there’s any reward for them.”
To be fair to manager Manuel Pellegrini, Diangana was actually given his debut by the Chilean last season. He also scored a memorable brace on his first outing for the Hammers, before going on to make 21 appearances in all competitions.
The abundance of wide players at West Ham, though, means the youngster was always going to struggle for game time this campaign and it was a sensible decision to loan him out.