Grady Diangana’s loan deal to West Brom includes the option for West Ham to recall him in January, according to reliable journo ExWHUemployee.
But according to Ex, the Premier League side have been careful to cover their own backs.
Writing on his personal Twitter account, when asked about a recall option, he said: “Yes in January which is the same for [Josh] Cullen”.
Cullen rejoined Charlton Athletic on loan on Wednesday, as reported by the BBC.
This feels like a really smart piece of business from West Ham. Diangana has the potential to be a top, top quality player, but he is only ever going to get to that level by playing regular minutes. Would he have done that for West Ham this season? Probably not. At West Brom, however, he should be one of the top dogs in Slaven Bilic’s squad. If he can kick on this term and add to his average of 3.1 successful dribbles in the Premier League per 90 minutes last season, as well as his 1.8 key passes per 90, as per Whoscored, the youngster could have a very bright future ahead of him. And that’s why West Ham’s decision to put a recall option into his contract is such a smart idea. As was proven last season by the Baggies’ loan move for Harvey Barnes from Leicester City, a young player can really thrive at the Hawthorns, and because of their shrewd thinking, the Foxes were able to bring their man back and profit from him in the second half of last season. The Hammers will be hoping to do something similar.