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Learning from my mistakes

Filed: Wednesday, 9th January 2019
By: Staff Writer

Grady Diangana says he is working hard to establish himself as a regular part of West Ham's first team, match day squad.

The young winger has made 15 appearances under Manuel Pellegrini this season since the Irons lost players such as Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini to long-term injury.

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And having made the most of his brief window of opportunity, Diangana says the next step is for him to full establish himself as part of the squad - regardless of the quality of his team mates.

"The next step is to try and cement my place in the team, try to start as many games as possible and contribute to the team by scoring and assisting goals," he told whufc.com.

"I want to become a better player with every game I play. I know I will improve. I like things to happen quickly, but I know it is a slow and gradual process.

"I think the fans understand that, when a young player comes in, there is a learning process and players will make mistakes. But the important thing is that I learn from those mistakes so I donít make the same mistake more than once."

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And Diangana revealed that working alongside such an experienced manager as Pellegrini had proved a major boost to his development. "The managerís style of play is what Iíve grown up watching and trying to take into my game," he said.

"Iíve always had coaches who have told me to express myself. From Trevor Bumstead in the Under 14s, Mark Phillips for three years, Steve Potts with the 18s, then Liam Manning and Terry Westley in the Under 23s.

"I just want to keep going, I am enjoying it. I want to establish myself more so that, when people hear or read my name, they have a certain image of me. I want to become that player.

ďIn training, Iíll work hard to develop new good habits which will hopefully bring me a lot of success at any club."

Diangana made his first team debut in the 8-0 Carabao Cup win over Macchesfiled at the end of September. In the 15 matches he had featured in altogether, West Ham have won eight, drawn two and lost five.

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