Darren Bent has revealed his worries over the long-term future of West Ham forward Grady Diangana after being shipped out to West Brom on loan this season.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that he hates to see forwards impress after being sent out temporarily but not given a chance to shine at their parent side.
Diangana joined the Baggies on a season-long loan over the summer and made an immediate impact in his first Championship appearance, scoring two goals in 45 minutes against Luton on Saturday.
Bent has admitted he is a little worried the Hammers will not give the 21-year-old a chance when he eventually returns to east London, regardless of how well he performs at the Hawthorns this season.
Bent told Football Insider: “What you don’t want, I hate to see it happen, is when these young forwards go out on loan, do really well, score goals and then they come back to their parent club and still don’t get an opportunity.
“Hopefully he can continue to score goals and then go back to West Ham and get an opportunity. He won’t feel like it’s a season wasted but it just doesn’t help the situation when they’re banging goals in and it doesn’t feel like there’s any reward for them.”
Diangana was given a taste of first-team football at the London Stadium last season, with Manuel Pellegrini handing him 17 Premier League appearances, six in the starting XI, and a total of 21 games across all competitions.
His move to West Brom is his first spell away from the Hammers after coming through their youth system, with his debut coming against Millwall in the League Cup.