Noel Whelan has tipped Grady Diangana to be a big part of the first-team picture at West Ham next season having impressed in the Championship.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested David Moyes will want to see more of the 21-year-old after a “very influential” campaign at West Brom.
The Hammers academy graduate joined the Baggies last summer on a season-long loan deal – scoring five and assisting six in his 21 Championship appearances.
Football Insider understands The Irons will look to sell Felipe Anderson this summer which potentially opens up a position in the squad for Diangana upon his return from The Hawthorns.
Diangana has missed large spells of the season having struggled with a hamstring injury.
When asked by Football Insider if the young winger would be given his chance next year by David Moyes, Whelan said: “It is a definite possibility when you have someone that has been very influential on a team’s promotion and season.
“I do not think David Moyes has seen enough of him. I think he will want to. He will want people he can trust, rely on and win him football matches.
“Moyes has steadied the ship and I think they will be OK.
“From the start of next season, he will want to look at every single player and make his decision off of the back of preseason. He could be there and be a big part of the plans for David Moyes.”
However, it is likely teams will have significantly reduced pre-seasons if pre-seasons at all, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the football calendar.
Football Insider understands the governing bodies are pinning hopes on a mid-June restart with the possibility of just a two-week break before the following season begins.
In other West Ham news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider attacker may benefit from a move to a “better” side.