West Bromwich Albion journalist and podcaster Adrian Goldberg has been sharing his thoughts on Baggies winger Grady Diangana and some insight about his latest performance for the Midlands club.
This comes after Goldberg co-hosted a recent edition of West Brom-themed podcast The Liquidator, where he spoke about a range of topics concerning Valerien Ismael’s side.
On the subject of the club’s recent 2-1 victory over QPR, in which Diangana started the match before being replaced by Jordan Hugill in the second half, Goldberg had this to say about his performance and his substitution.
He said: “Diangana, as he has done a few times this season, flattered to deceive. He looked quite good on occasion, sent one shot whistling past the post.
“Although he did waste one really good chance to either make a chance for somebody else, or score his own goal in the first half towards the Smethwick End, but I was watching Diangana at the start of the second half and he was not pressing. He was going towards the QPR player; he was not blocking the clearances, he was not cutting out the tackles.
“Matt Phillips had a go at him at one point and said, come on, you’ve got to get there, and he didn’t do it, and very shortly afterwards, he was taken off – and I think that’s why he was taken off.”
TIF Thoughts on Adrian Goldberg’s comments on Diangana’s display against QPR…
The Baggies originally signed Diangana in August 2019 on a loan deal from Premier League club West Ham United before securing him on a permanent deal for a fee of £12.15 million during the 2020 summer transfer window.
Overall, the 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £9 million, has made 61 appearances in a West Brom shirt across all competitions in which he has managed to score nine goals and provide seven assists in the process (as per Transfermarkt).
Taking into account how the winger managed to earn himself a rather uninspiring match rating of 6.15/10 for his performance against QPR, making him the lowest-rated West Brom player that started the game according to WhoScored, it’s easy to see why Goldberg was not full of praise for the winger on this occasion.
Do you think Diangana should be dropped from the team?
Moving forward, with Diangana having yet to score a goal or provide an assist so far this season despite playing in all of West Brom’s league games prior to their visit to Cardiff City, we feel that it could be the better option to drop him from the team for a period of time to make him realise that he has to improve and do his defensive duties if he wants to continue in the team.