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West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has received a huge boost ahead of his side’s trip to Hull City this weekend, after West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that he will not be recalling attacking midfielder Grady Diangana from his loan spell at the Hawthorns, Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed via Sky Sports.
“I think Grady Diangana is doing what we want him to do,” Pellegrini said.
“We must continue to supporting him and we are happy with his performance. He will finish his season where he is.”
So how big a boost is it for the Baggies that Diangana will remain on loan at the Hawthorns until the end of the season?
“It’s absolutely massive for them.
“The winger has made an excellent start to the season, scoring four times and adding four assists already.
“The Baggies attacking trio of Diangana, Matty Phillips and Matheus Pereira is arguably the finest in the division–if they can get one of their strikers firing as well they would be in a fantastic position.
“Diangana has become a really important player for Bilic’s side and its a real boost for their promotion push that it looks like he’ll be around all season.”
“This is without doubt a major boost for West Brom’s chances of achieving automatic promotion as Diangana has been nothing short of exceptional in the Championship this season.
“As well as creating five goals for his team-mates, the winger has also found the back of the net on four occasions which has helped the Baggies reach the summit of the second-tier standings.
“Following weeks of speculation about whether Diangana would be recalled by West Ham, West Brom’s supporters will be relieved that Pellegrini is happy with the England Under-21 international’s current situation.
“If the winger can continue to deliver the goods on a consistent basis over the coming months, he may end up playing a pivotal role in helping the Baggies secure a return to the top-flight in 2020.
Is it a boost for the Baggies that Grady Diangana will remain on loan at the Hawthorns until the end of the season?
“It’s huge, it was almost reminiscent of the Harvey Barnes situation of last season happening again, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.
“Diangana has been fantastic so far for West Brom, and he’s the type of player that can be the difference between getting promoted to the Premier League and staying in the Championship for another season.
“The Baggies have a settled team, so it’s vital that nothing disturbs that. With Diangana now confirmed to stay, that really does make them favourites to return to the top flight.
“West Brom now just have to hope that Pellegrini isn’t sacked anytime soon, otherwise a new boss may want to assess the whole squad at West Ham.”