Former Hammer dropped for survival lifeline

Former Hammer Grady Diagana took no part in a critical win for Slaven Bilic and West Bromwich Albion as they beat Sheffield United moving out of the relegation zone into 17th place.

Former West Ham manager Slaven Bilic made  Diangana his marquee signing of the summer for the Baggies but he was an unused substitute.

Slav forked out a club-record transfer fee of £18m for Diang who spent last season on loan at West Brom and played an integral part in their promotion from the Championship.

Bilic’s secured Diangana’s services on a full-time basis and have handed the winger a five-year deal running until the summer of 2025.

Bilic has come under pressure for that decision and it has even been suggested hee could face the sack although a rare win will save him.

However, the absence of Diangana from the winning team will raise other questions on whether the money was wisely invested when survival in the Premier League is their number one aim.



About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

6 comments on “Former Hammer dropped for survival lifeline

  1. SO SLav has decided to “go back to basics” (as he referred to playing defensively) – what would have happened if a) Mikey had played “keep ball” in the corner flag in the last minute vs Palace and we had held on for a win and b) we had gone back to basics against Liverpool and not thrown everyone forward for a corner to be hit on the break

    As they say “small margins” – I think that the time to judge Diang at WBA will be the end of the season

  2. Look at the players around him ..you cant judge dian like that..he would be totally different in a decent team…no good hoping he Dosnt do well so we can say, good sale ,,,it was and always will be a mistake by selling him …

    • You really do have the right name. Anything with which you disagree implicates others in some agenda merely for reporting what Slav did. How disgusting to suggest we don’t wish him well. For god’s sake grow up. And it’s significant to me that a decent team didn’t want him. Had he stayed who do ui suggest he should replace? He’s ok – that’s all

      • Oh god stop taking things so personally, always spit the dummy out when you dont like what people say ,or as usual belittling people you dont agree with ..I think you need to grow up …ffs man

        • Not a case of spitting dummy out. Just don’t agree, You have your own anti board agenda which you weren’t sufficiently honest enough to mention. Fair enough if thaat’s how you feel. No argument here. I repeat he’s average. No big clubs were interested which is why he’s not playing for the type of club you talk about. And by disagreeing what else are YOU doing but spitting the dummy out exactly?. Ok for you but not for others apparently Double standards of the worst kind. Belittling such attitudes is irresistable and very easy btew

  3. As I said before we can judge at the end of the season – it will also depend on how Benrahma does – if Rice and Soucek manage to play all of the PL games then it will also look like a good decision to sell Josh Cullen, but if either of them get injured we might regret that decision

    Personally I was disappointed that we sold Diang but let us see how his career pans out and yes we do all wish hime the best

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