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West Ham United supporters were left excited by Grady Diangana’s fast start to life on-loan at West Bromwich Albion.
The 21-year-old arrived at The Hawthorns on deadline day, signing on a season long loan deal and he hit the ground running for his new club on Saturday.
Starting as a left winger, Diangana wowed Albion supporters, as he scored twice to turn the game against Luton Town.
On what was his league debut for the club, the Baggies found themselves one down to the Hatters at half time. But that lead wasn’t to last as the Hammers youngster scored two in three minutes to flip the outcome of the game at Kenilworth Road.
On an afternoon that saw West Ham struggle in front of goal, the winger’s exploits caught the eye even more in East London.
His two second half goals, eclipse the solitary strike his parent club have managed in their two Premier League games.
Luton Town boss Graeme Jones has seemingly aimed a dig at West Bromwich Albion’s gamesmanship in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Kenilworth Road.
The Hatters went into the break with a one goal advantage, but the game turned in three second half minutes as Diangana scored a brace for the Baggies.
Jones, who was part of Darren Moore’s back room staff at The Hawthorns last season has already claimed that his side were the ones that looked like the ex-Premier League team.
He has now referred to Albion’s second half tactics, which many home supporters felt were done with the sole intention of winding the clock down.
“From a real strong position, we dug in there, and we came through a really difficult period to have some hope in the game, but not enough.
“I thought West Brom managed the game well, if you want to call it that, that’s the respectful way of putting it, but that was the afternoon.”
Putting in the hard yards
It’s the clip many a West Bromwich Albion supporter will be delighted to see.
Ahmed Hegazi is back running again, after undergoing surgery on his ankle before the season began.
The Egyptian defender represented his country in their African Nations Cup campaign this summer, and returned with the intention of going under the knife to fix a long-standing issue.
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Hegazi, who has been a popular figure since arriving from Al Ahly in 2017, was able to manage the problem but decided to undergo the procedure so that it would eradicate any further complications going forward.
Hegazi, who is expected to be in contention for selection once again on the other side of the September international break, shared a video of himself running on an anti-gravity treadmill as he steps up his rehabilitation and you can watch it at the top of the page.
Marcel Brands is keen to see Mason Holgate step up at Everton after his loan spell at West Brom.
The Toffees’ Director of Football has worked with manager Marco Silva this summer to transform the club’s squad, namely in defence; they’ve released Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams and sent Kurt Zouma back to Chelsea, while they decided to loan out Jonjoe Kenny to Schalke.
In his place they signed Djibril Sidibe on loan from Monaco, but Brands wants Holgate to earn himself for regular game time in the Premier League.
Holgate arrived at The Hawthorns on loan at the beginning of January and filled in effectively at right-back.
He featured 23 times under Darren Moore and then Jimmy Shan, scoring once in the 3-0 win over Swansea.
There was a possibility that Holgate might’ve returned to the Baggies this past summer as they looked for reinforcements after a significant number of exits.
Just when you thought you couldn’t love Romaine Sawyers more.
The midfielder has endeared himself to the West Brom fanbase upon his return to The Hawthorns this summer.
Sawyers’ wait to wear Albion colours lasted six years, a spell in which he spent time at both Walsall and Brentford, and now that he’s back he’s making the most of it.
Having already spoken of his pride in stepping onto the Hawthorns surface when the Baggies faced Millwall last week, Sawyers has earned plaudits for his performances.
Away from the field, though, the midfielder has made efforts – particularly on social media – to connect with the fanbase.
The latest example concerns Claire Wheeler, who is the daughter of the late, great Jeff Astle.