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Diangana in profile

9 August 2019

Tricky winger Grady Diangana arrives at The Hawthorns looking to bolster the Baggies’ wide options and build on an encouraging breakthrough campaign at West Ham.

The 21-year-old, who was born in the Democratic of Congo but has represented England at youth level, is an exciting right forward that can also play on the left or through the middle.

He joined the Hammers aged 12, worked his way up the academy ladder and was given a professional contract while Albion boss Slaven Bilić was in charge.

The youngster, who cites Ronaldinho as his idol, got an initial taste of senior football for their Under-23s through the Football League Trophy in both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 challenges.

It wasn’t until last season that Grady finally made his first-team debut, sensationally scoring twice at the London Stadium as West Ham beat Macclesfield 8-0 in the Carabao Cup third round.

Diangana was rewarded with minutes in the Premier League, coming on as a substitute against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur before a maiden top flight start against Leicester City in October.

He went on to make a total of 21 appearances in all competitions for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, claiming his first assist against Burnley in a 4-2 triumph - with Pablo Zabaleta describing him after the game as “very dangerous, especially in a one-on-one situation”.

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