Diangana’s delight

Grady Diangana is among the goals again but he is showing a lot more to his game than that.

The academy product appeared as a second half sub against Hertha Berlin and was in precisely the right spot behind the defence to convert Carlos Sanchez’s perfect through pass.

It was the first time he had hit the net since his brace in the League Cup against Macclesfield last September and came at the same time as he is showing a terrific work rate.

He could have had one earlier from a low cross but just failed to find the crucial touch in front of goal.

There have been suggestions that the youngster may go out on loan this season for a spell but that looks unlikely from where we are sitting given the obvious maturity he is adding to his game.

And with his decision making process clearly improving  he spoke afterwards of what yesterday’s goal meant to him

It was an amazing feeling,” he told whufc.com. “I’ve missed the feeling of scoring goals. To hit the back of the net is a great feeling so I’m looking forward to scoring more goals. 

“It was a crazy game to come onto. A lot of goals. We played very well. Good attacking football. We wanted to keep a clean-sheet but that gives us something to work on.”

Competition for places in the West Ham starting XI has increased since Fornals and Haller arrived at the Club, but Diangana is enjoying working with the two newest signings and has hailed their involvement since they linked up with the Hammers.

He continued: “They are really nice guys. They’re really nice people and easy to get along with. 

“You can have a joke and a laugh with them, and when it’s time to get down to training or a match, everyone gets serious. It’s a good group to be in.”


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