Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed West Ham owners Karen Brady, David Gold and David Sullivan deserve credit for securing a near-£20million fee from West Brom for Grady Diangana.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker claimed the winger needs to leave Albion if he is to have any hope of progressing.
Diangana has not been in any of Sam Allardyce’s last six Premier League matchday squads after picking up a hamstring injury in the middle of January.
Diangana’s £18million move to the Hawthorns in the summer caused mass outrage among West Ham fans including club captain Mark Noble.
However, he has scored just once in 17 Premier League games this season in a struggling Albion side.
“Everyone was not happy at the time but after he scored the goal he’s not really been the same player in games,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Someone like him needs to play in a better team where he’s got better players around him. It’s very hard to judge a player when they’re playing at such a poor team like West Brom.
“I’m sure he’ll have to wait for his chance and get another move and play with better players.
“But you look back at it, the West Ham owners would probably say ‘this is why we sold him, we got Benrahma in and he’s done well and we’re in the top six.’
“Maybe now people will lay off David Gold, David Sullivan and Karren Brady.”
Allardyce initially claimed Diangana’s injury was just a “tweak” and it was hoped he would not be missing for too long.
Joe Chapman of BirminghamLive tweeted the 22-year-old was not being rushed back due to previous hamstring issues.