West Brom fan mailbag: Should Diangana be played on the left?
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 has had a mixed start to the season at West Brom but the winger showed signs of promise on Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Milwall.
Although the 23-year-old was substituted off at half-time at The Hawthorns due to a tactical decision by Valerien Ismael, the opening 45 minutes was possible the best we’ve seen the ex-West Ham attacker play this term.
We asked West Brom fans for their questions for this week’s mailbag and one Albion fan wants to know how Ismael can get the best out of the club’s record signing and whether Karlan Grant will come good.
West Brom News editor Danny Wright has answered:
Diangana has been so disappointing since joining West Brom permanently from West Ham last year. He barely made an impact in the Premier League, scoring just one goal in his 20 top-flight appearances – and that came in the second game of the campaign versus Everton.
When it comes to his best position, it was definitely as a left-sided winger in his first two seasons at The Hawthorns but Ismael likes his front-three to be fluid and that has seen Diangana play on the right and even in central attacking roles for the Albion this season.
Diangana’s still without a goal or an assist though and as an attacking player with the flair and ability he’s got, he’s going to be judged on it. Maybe a change of position is called for.
According to stats by WhoScored, Matt Phillips [2.3] and Grant [1.5] have averaged more successful dribbles per 90 minutes than Diangana [1.1] this season in the Championship. He’s also disappointingly low for shots per 90 minutes out of players with more than three appearances, ranking fifth in the squad with 1.8 – below defender Semi Ajayi [2.2].
Diangana still has a lot to prove and so does Grant.
We’ve seen way more from Grant under Ismael than we ever did when Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce were in charge last season.
I’m hopeful Grant will come good eventually but he does need to start adding way more goals to his game if he wants to justify the £15million fee agreed for him last year.
In other West Brom news, an Albion player’s had to delete his Twitter account after being abused online.