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Grady Diangana

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

19/04/1998

Height

180 cm

Signed

08/08/2019

Country

England

Tricky winger Grady Diangana signed for Albion on deadline day to bolster the Baggies’ wide options and instantly became a fan favourite at The Hawthorns.

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.

In his first league appearance for the Baggies, Grady announced himself by scoring twice within six minutes after being brought on from the bench at half-time against Luton Town.

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.

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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