A photo of Albion attacker Grady Diangana ahead of the 2023/24 season
Grady George
180 cm
Congo DR

Grady has got fans off their seats since moving to The Hawthorns.

The 2023/24 season saw the attacker match his best career numbers, chipping in with 15 goal contributions (seven goals, eight assists). Those numbers weren't ignored on the international stage either, as Grady made his long-awaited debut for DR Congo as a second-half substitute during a 1-1 friendly draw against New Zealand in October 2023 while also representing his nation at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations tournament. 

Although his involvement in the 2022/23 campaign was cut short due to injury, Diangana played an abundance of games during the 2021/22 season. The lively attacker made 42 appearances for the Baggies in their first term back in England's second tier, scoring two fine goals against Middlesbrough and Peterborough.

The former Hammers academy graduate netted his first Premier League goal during one of the Baggies' opening games of 2020/21 season against Everton in September 2020.

A hamstring problem staggered Grady's involvement with Albion's Premier League campaign, but he ended the term with 21 top-flight appearances to his name for the Club. 

Diangana became one of a number of players that secured a permanent move to the Baggies ahead of the 2020/21 season after a successful loan period the year before. 

Grady became a full-time Baggie at the beginning of September after moving from Premier League rivals West Ham United and made his first appearance as a permanent Albion player on the opening day against Leicester City. 

The tricky winger signed a loan deal on deadline day in the summer of 2019 to bolster the Baggies’ wide options and instantly became a fans' favourite at The Hawthorns. He made his first appearance for the club in an EFL Cup match against Millwall in August 2019, and netted his first Albion goal on his maiden league outing as part of a brace against Luton at Kenilworth Road later in the same month.

After a successful start to his loan spell at B71, Slaven Bilić announced on January 24 that Grady would remain at the Club for the rest of the season.

A stunning solo goal in the following weeks against Blackburn Rovers highlighted his influence as a constant attacking threat as Bilić's Baggies rose to the top of the Sky Bet Championship table and inevitably secured promotion back to the top flight at the end of the campaign. 

The tricky winger, 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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