Noel Whelan says that West Brom winger Grady Diangana will be delighted to hear that West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has no plans of recalling him from his loan spell in January.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds striker and Championship expert insists that returning to east London halfway through the campaign could be “destructive” for the winger and that he will be happy to stay at the Hawthorns.
Pellegrini confirmed at his press conference that he is looking for the 21-year-old to play a full season of first-team football with the Baggies before returning to the London Stadium next summer.
Whelan says that both Slaven Bilic and the winger himself will be very happy to hear Pellegrini’s plans moving forward, insisting that staying put is best for the attacker’s development.
Whelan told Football Insider: “Slaven Bilic has got to be really pleased that he’s got that news because that’s the danger, isn’t it? Losing players, being recalled, losing that momentum and that balance in your side just as you’re getting into this important time of the season.
“To be given that security that the player’s staying, not going anywhere, the player will be happy with that because that would be destructive for the player as well, especially as he’s bedding himself in with a new team, new teammates, new manager and enjoying his football.
“Great on both sides, I do see them as the strongest team in the league, great team, great manager.”
Diangana has played 13 times in the Championship this season, netting four goals and contributing five assists for his loan side so far.
He has a total of 21 appearances for West Ham’s first-team, 17 of which came in the Premier League.
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