No Diangana recall, says Pellegrini

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 7th November 2019

Manuel Pellegrini says that he has no plans to recall Grady Diangana from his season-long loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

The young winger has been in excellent form whilst featuring for the Baggies in the Championship so far this season, whilst scoring four goals in 14 appearances at The Hawthorns.

Yet despite having watched West Ham take just two points from their last five Premier League outings - and seen the likes of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko struggle to replicate their best form - the manager insists that there are no plans to bring Diagana back to London.

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"Grady Diangana is doing what we want him to do," said Pellegrini during a press conference on Thursday. "It's the same sitation as Josh Cullen. They are players, without any doubt, will be part of West Ham in the future. He is one of the players I trust a lot.

"It is much better for him to go and play 40 games this year and be absolutely ready for next season than play some games here. I think we must continue supporting him and be happy for his performance. He must finish the season where he is."

Meanwhile the manager also offered some indication that his seasonal targets may have adjusted slightly as a result of the recent downturn in form.

Having initially indicated that the team should potentially push for a European spot, Pellegrini now suggested that a top half finish would once again be satisfactory.

"It's a very bad moment without any doubt," he said when asking to comment on the club's recent results. "I always try to be optimistic, put my target as high as I can. West Ham must fight to be in the upper part of the table.

"The Premier League is very tight the season. You have three points between eight or nine teams. But of course we need to improve and we want to be in another position."

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And once again he highlighted set pieces as an area at which the team must improve if West Ham are to rediscover their early season form.

"Against Newcastle we conceded three goals from set pieces," he mused.

"Against Crystal Palace we had two goals off set pieces and against Bournemouth there was one goal from a set piece. It's something we must improve as a team, rather than hold one player guilty."

The player he was referring to in that statement was Lukasz Fabianski's stand-in Roberto, who some observers claimed was culpable for some of those conceded goals.

However Pellegrini refused to single out the Spanish stopper for criticism. "I don't talk about individual players, I talk about the team," he said when asked to comment on the goalkeeper's forum.

"The team is not winning and when you are not winning it is because everyone must do better, including the manager, the players and individual performances. As a team we need to improve, especially from set pieces. They are not going the way we want."

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