West Bromwich Albion will be hoping to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible, as they prepare to take on Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium next week.
The Baggies have been held to two very disappointing 2-2 draws at home to newly-promoted sides Barnsley and Charlton Athletic over the course of the week.
Wins over the Addicks and the Tykes would have put them into a very healthy lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table, and Slaven Bilic will be urging his side to be more ruthless from now on.
Nevertheless, it has been a hugely impressive start to the season for the Baggies, who continue to lead the way in the second tier having lost just one game out of 14 this term.
One player has been integral in helping Albion climb to the top – Grady Diangana has established himself as one of the most dangerous players in the division since arriving on loan from West Ham in the summer.
The 21-year-old has scored four goals and registered three assists for the Baggies since arriving at The Hawthorns, putting in a number of fantastic displays on the left flank for Bilic’s side.
West Ham fan site Claret and Hugh, though, have learnt from a club insider that the Hammers could be set to recall Diangana in January, with the London call having an option to recall him in the winter.
This would undoubtedly be a massive blow to West Brom’s promotion hopes – Diangana is such a vital player in their team, and to lose him would leave massive shoes to fill.
Of course, West Brom aren’t strangers to this kind of situation. Last season, Leicester City recalled Harvey Barnes from his loan spell with the Baggies in January, after contributing to so many goals and assists.
After that, West Brom failed to recover, and they lost that creative spark going forward following the departure of Barnes.
Even though they have a much better squad this season, particularly in their attacking armory, to lose Diangana would be a massive blow for the Baggies.
They would be losing a player who is so sharp and so dangerous on the left flank, but he’s also a player who has an excellent relationship with Matheus Pereira, and the pair often switch around during games.
West Brom fans will be praying that this news isn’t true, and whilst their promotion rivals will be strengthening their squads in January, Albion could be set to lose arguably their best player.
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