Grady Dianagana has revealed that he has watched clips of Harvey Barnes from the Leicester attacker’s spell on loan at West Brom last season.
Barnes was superb for the Baggies last term before Claude Puel cruelly recalled the England Under-21 international in January to put a huge dent in Albion’s promotion hopes.
West Brom fans have fears of something similar happening with West Ham and Diangana in the upcoming January transfer window with the on-loan Hammers ace in as good form for Albion as Barnes was.
A lot of comparisons have been drawn between Diangana and Barnes for their impressive form on loan at The Hawthorns and it seems as though Diangana has been trying hard to emulate what the ex-Baggies ace did in his time in the Black Country.
“I have watched footage of what he (Barnes) did when he was at West Brom,” Diangana said, as quoted by the Express & Star.
“I took good things from that and learned from what he did.
“He is quicker than me and scored a lot of solo goals, but some of his other goals were knowing where to be at the right time and the timing of the run.
“I watched the off-the-ball movement because I’m at a stage where I’m trying to create and score goals and trying to find the best and most efficient ways to get a goal or an assist and seeing which movements work.
“Hopefully I can push on like he’s done.”
Diangana should not have to worry too much about stacking up to Barnes.
It was an absolute delight to watch Barnes score his amazing solo goals for Albion last season but Diangana offers a lot of things which the Leicester player didn’t.
Stats by WhoScored show that Diangana has so far averaged more key passes and more dribbles per league match than Barnes did during his loan spell at The Hawthorns.
Diangana also averaged fewer poor touches than Barnes did, which show that the West Ham attacker is just as good as Barnes – it not better than him – on the ball.
In other West Brom news, Alan Brazil has discussed Albion’s promotion hopes and has made a prediction on talkSPORT.