Every week we’ll be asking West Brom fans on our Facebook account for questions that will be answered by editor Danny Wright. You can join in by following the West Brom News Facebook account and watching out for weekly mailbag posts.
Grady Diangana lit up the Championship while on loan at West Brom last season, leading to the Black Country club m&aking him their record signing in the summer.
Albion agreed a deal worth up to £18million with West Ham last year to ensure the 22-year-old would be a full-time fixture at The Hawthorns going forward.
However, it’s safe to say it hasn’t all gone to plan for the England Under-21 international.
In our latest edition of the West Brom fan mailbag with editor Danny Wright, we’ve delved into why Diangana has failed to shine in the West Midlands this season.
Diangana has had his injury problems, as you mention. But that isn’t the only thing that is keeping the ex-West Ham winger out of Sam Allardyce’s plans at the moment.
Since joining the Baggies permanently in early September, Diangana has played 16 times in the Premier League, started 14 times and scored one goal. Can you remember any of those appearances being particularly bright ones for the attacker? I can’t.
Diangana scored a sublime goal in the 5-2 defeat to Everton at the start of the season but that’s just about it in terms of what he’s done for us this season.
He’s returned from injury recently and has made Allardyce’s last three matchday squads in the Premier League as an unused substitute. We’ve won the last two matches by scoring eight goals without him – so why would you pick Diangana?
Callum Robinson showed that if you’re handed an opportunity and you take it, you’ll be rewarded. Diangana will just have to wait and be patient for opportunities in the same way Robinson has but even before Diangana’s injury issues, Robinson had shown himself to be more valuable in the Premier League.
With relegation seemingly inevitable, Diangana will have the chance to drop back down to the Championship and prove his worth to us again. I’m sure he’ll be one of our best players next season as it’s unlikely anyone will come in for him in the summer.
It reminds me a bit of Tammy Abraham. He did brilliantly on loan at Bristol City in the Championship before struggling at Swansea in the Premier League. He then went back to the Championship with Aston Villa, absolutely tore the second-tier up and has since returned to the top-flight a far better player.
Let’s hope Diangana does the same with West Brom.
In other West Brom news, Kevin Phillips expects this £7million-rated ace to quit the Albion in the summer.