Exclusive: Bruce tips West Ham rookie to make a big impact next season
Alex Bruce has tipped rising star Grady Diangana to make a big impact at West Ham next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the just-retired defender and son of Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce revealed he is a big admirer of the 21-year-old winger.
Diangana has been instrumental in West Brom’s promotion push this season, scoring five goals and supplying six assists from 21 Championship matches.
He is currently sidelined with his second hamstring injury of the winter but Bruce is in no doubt the left-sided attacker is destined for regular Premier League football.
Asked by Football Insider if he expects Diangana to make a big impact in the West Ham team next season, Bruce said: “You’d have to say so, yes. West Ham haven’t really performed that well this year, have they?
“The fact he’s gone there to West Brom and been a plus is something that I’m sure David Moyes will be looking at for next season.“
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New West Ham boss Moyes knocked back the option to activate a mid-season recall clause in Diangana’s season-long loan last month.
That means the Hammers academy product will remain at the Hawthorns for the rest of the campaign as he continues to develop under Slaven Bilic, the former manager of the Premier League outfit.
Diangana has made 21 appearances for his parent club, scoring two goals and supplying one assist.
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