Date: 19th July 2019 at 8:00pm
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OPINION

Manuel Pellegrini has been left with a simple decision regarding Grady Diangana after it was reported that Middlesbrough have shown an interest in signing the winger on loan.

According to Football Insider, Boro have identified Diangana, 21, as one of their top targets and have approached West Ham with an enquiry about his availability.

It is understood that Manuel Pellegrini is yet to make a decision on whether or not he will let Diangana leave on loan before the start of next season with the England Under-20 international currently with the rest of the squad in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy.

However Pellegrini doesn’t have to think long and hard about this as it’s surely a no-brainer to let Diangana go out on loan and spend the season with Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesbrough.

Although Jordan Hugill flopped at The Riverside while on loan there last season, Diangana’s situation will surely be completely different.

Tony Pulis doesn’t offer the best options to his forward players with his negative style of football and that didn’t help Hugill out at all in a league where he usually plays well.

Diangana will be unleashed in the Championship and is bound to get a lot more game-time in the second-tier than he would if he stayed put at West Ham.

Although the 21-year-old ace made 21 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers first-team last season, there is no guarantee that he will earn more than that in the next campaign when the Irons have added to their attack by signing Pablo Fornals.

Andriy Yarmolenko is also back to full fitness after a long-term injury and that pushes Diangana even further down a pecking order that already sees Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass ahead of him.

Diangana is one of the best young talents at the London Stadium and he needs to play regular football.

If he goes to Middlesbrough and breaks into the North-East club’s first team squad – which he surely would – then we will see the winger return to London in 2020 a far better player than when he left.

It’s in the best interests of everyone that Diangana is allowed to go out on loan this summer and joining a promotion-chasing team like Boro are a good bet.