'Like a new signing' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts to major West Brom development
Paul Robinson has claimed that West Brom retaining Grady Diangana until the end of the season will be a “massive boost” for the club and their promotion chances.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England goalkeeper suggested that keeping hold of the West Ham loanee could prove to be a key factor in whether or not the Baggies are able to return to the top flight after a two-year absence.
It was confirmed on Friday that the 21-year-old will be staying at the Hawthorns for the rest of the campaign after speculation began to mount over a possible early recall from his parent club.
And Robinson has been quick to emphasise just how positive this latest announcement is for the Baggies.
“I’d say it’s like a new signing,” he told Football Insider.
“The confirmation of him staying, in their league position, it’s a massive boost to them.
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“He’s been one of the best players this season, and to have him until the end of the season in that promotion push is probably key.”
Diangana is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury after being withdrawn in the early stages of Monday night’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City. He also missed the festive fixture schedule with a similar complaint.
Despite those absences, however, the winger has been a standout performer for the Baggies, registering five goals and six assists in 21 Championship appearances.
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