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Re: Grady Diangana joins Albion PERMANENTLY
« Reply #950 on: September 05, 2020, 01:19:39 PM »
Hey frazzle, why would the magician leave in 12 months time?
You don't make sense to me mate,some if your comments are left field and in the future.
Live for NOW in football, not for few years time which might or might not happen,crikey.
Its your opinion I know that but forward planning does not mean sell our best players because we can invest in better players ,we must build our team around our best players mate

You're right in that we need to build the team for now, and the signings we're bringing in are excellent in my view. I guess that I'm just saying that not only do they help the best case scenario which is us staying up, but they will also be invaluable if the worst case scenarios comes up in that we go down as they will help bring some money in.

In a Covid world I would be very nervous about us going down, and I think that for as long as we dont have full stadia in the country then we may well see some really well established clubs go to the wall and I cant bear the thought of that happening to us.

On Pereira, I just think that if he can have anywhere near the same impact this season then he will snapped up. He's that good in my view.

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« Reply #951 on: September 05, 2020, 01:31:02 PM »
https://theathletic.com/2043281/2020/09/04/grady-diangana-bilic-moyes-transfer-west-brom-west-ham?source=user-shared-article

Good article summing things up from across all perspectives.

Of note: the transfer went from "nothing" to "done" in the last week.
WBA had originally already tested the water but Moyes had been following Diangana's progress and was want to build the next West Ham team involving him.
Ultimately it came down to West Ham being unable to shift Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini, as they needed money to reinforce their defence.

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« Reply #952 on: September 05, 2020, 03:13:11 PM »
Nothing I’ve said should shock him. We will publicly be favourites for the drop. At least he’s up for the fight.

You are showing usual positivity. I don’t see us as favourites to finish bottom. Let’s wait and see.

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« Reply #953 on: September 07, 2020, 12:24:39 PM »
On Pereira, I just think that if he can have anywhere near the same impact this season then he will snapped up. He's that good in my view.

Totally agree.  He'll get more media coverage and he's our stand out player - he could easily do it for a top 6 side.  Good chance one of them will make a big money move next summer, or if we go down, probably won't take much of a big money move for us to sell him.

Whatever he does next I hope he succeeds - he's the most talented player I've seen down the Hawthorns since Kanu (the real one, not the current one).

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« Reply #954 on: September 07, 2020, 12:53:20 PM »
That conjecture you say depend on if he actually would want to leave!

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« Reply #955 on: September 07, 2020, 03:27:08 PM »
You are showing usual positivity. I don’t see us as favourites to finish bottom. Let’s wait and see.

In fairness to Johnny, near enough every neutral, be it fan or professional, are tipping us to be bottom 2.

There is nothing wrong with being realistic. Chances are in this difficult situation we will go straight down. We will be in a better place next season though than we could have been without the promotion.
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« Reply #956 on: September 07, 2020, 05:49:20 PM »
In fairness to Johnny, near enough every neutral, be it fan or professional, are tipping us to be bottom 2.

Not wanting to lose the topic, but anyone know the bookies odds on us staying up? Got to be worth a punt...
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« Reply #957 on: September 07, 2020, 09:04:27 PM »
Not wanting to lose the topic, but anyone know the bookies odds on us staying up? Got to be worth a punt...
evens to be relegated,  4/5 to stay up

If West Brom do hit 40 points, they'll have an 80% chance of avoiding relegation. Bookmakers have priced Albion up at 4/5 to stay up, so 3/1 to get 40 points seems like a good price here with Paddy Power.
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« Reply #958 on: September 07, 2020, 10:04:03 PM »
Come on. A lot of the comments were questioning whether he should stay. Questioning him = considering sacking him. You questioned him. So are you happy with him now compared to July?
Questioning anyone does not equal consideration of sacking....

My view hasn’t changed
I think he got lucky with some decision making, I feel he should never have gone in to the last game still not knowing who to play Up front and his loyalty to some of the players is unjustified.
But I do recognise he was in charge when we got promoted and the players seem to like/respect him and that matters .
If youre going to get told off, get told off for doing something not for doing nothing..

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« Reply #959 on: September 07, 2020, 10:51:55 PM »
" still not knowing who to play Up front and his loyalty to some of the players is unjustified."

this seems a bit contradictory statement
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« Reply #960 on: September 08, 2020, 09:41:50 PM »
Looks to have been given the number 11 shirt from the club's insta stories.
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« Reply #961 on: September 09, 2020, 09:59:32 PM »
This just goes to show what a big coup the signing is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TKGf8zqZjg

On another note I like his coat just needs to be a better colour.
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« Reply #962 on: September 09, 2020, 10:43:12 PM »
Looks to have been given the number 11 shirt from the club's insta stories.
Big boots to fill. Perfect player to fill them.

Sorry but he’s already better than the last man to wear our number eleven shirt in my view. May sound harsh but it’s true. And this guy will get better and better.

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« Reply #963 on: September 09, 2020, 11:08:33 PM »
Sorry but he’s already better than the last man to wear our number eleven shirt in my view. May sound harsh but it’s true. And this guy will get better and better.
He may have gone on longer than some would have liked but let’s not underplay and overplay the respective players and what they’ve done. Once Diangana has played more than half a season at a higher level that the championship we could possibly start to compare, at the moment in terms of what they’ve actually contributed as opposed to what could be contributed in the future there simply isn’t a comparison to be made.

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« Reply #964 on: September 09, 2020, 11:26:21 PM »
Sorry but he’s already better than the last man to wear our number eleven shirt in my view. May sound harsh but it’s true. And this guy will get better and better.

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« Reply #965 on: September 09, 2020, 11:29:20 PM »
Deary me...

that was quick, but justifiably  :D
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« Reply #966 on: September 10, 2020, 10:19:28 AM »
Sorry but he’s already better than the last man to wear our number eleven shirt in my view. May sound harsh but it’s true. And this guy will get better and better.

Completely different kind of player. Brunt was more of a wide midfielder for most of his career, Diangana is a more traditional winger.
Brunt was a dead ball specialist too, Diangana, from my recollection, didn't take too many free kicks or corners.

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« Reply #967 on: September 11, 2020, 12:30:29 PM »
Ever wondered why Diangana has Diang on the back of his shirt?  From a West Ham fan.

"When it became apparent that he was going to break through to the first team, he mentioned (on twitter or somewhere) that he had to decide what name to have on the back of his shirt. I think he was trying to decide between having either Grady or Diangana, from memory.

Somebody jokingly said that if he could have any name he wanted, he should auction off the name for charity.

Long story, short: He ended up agreeing to "sell" the last three letters on the back of his shirt to raise money for a local charity (#ForNannyAndBobby) which is why - to this day - he still has Diang on his shirt rather than Diangana.

It is a small but perfect example of his affinity with the club, their fans and the local charity, the latter of whom would have missed out on £1,000 (or close to that figure) of donations.  "

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« Reply #968 on: November 22, 2020, 05:16:16 PM »
Any one else getting concerned about his performances so far?
Definitely disappointing from my view
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« Reply #969 on: November 22, 2020, 06:35:43 PM »
Yeah he’s not been as good as we hoped but he’s young and we know wheat he can do. He’ll get there I’m sure and the club need to continue to believe in him. I actually thought he was coming into the game when he went off.

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« Reply #970 on: November 22, 2020, 06:47:21 PM »
Yeah he’s not been as good as we hoped but he’s young and we know wheat he can do. He’ll get there I’m sure and the club need to continue to believe in him. I actually thought he was coming into the game when he went off.

Can't read too much from a handful of games. At times the opposition have targeted him as we have lacked other danger men allowing them to mark him out of games. Long season and not so long ago he scored that cracker at Everton. He was also the closest to scoring against Pope who denied him with a great save. We know we've got a quality player on our hands.

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« Reply #971 on: November 22, 2020, 06:56:16 PM »
He’s not become a bad player overnight and he’s a typical winger in the sense that he will blow hot an cold. I believe In the summer I was one of those with a few others who questioned brining him back but that wasn’t because of ability, more our budget and the tactical fit.

You don’t drop him or pereira for the few though (as has been suggested). These are our potential match winners.   

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« Reply #972 on: November 22, 2020, 07:37:00 PM »
There’s a world of difference between playing in the Premier League and the Championship, I think that is especially so for a traditional winger. Premier League full backs are generally pretty good, a level or so up from the Championship. So, a winger like Diangana who could tear defences open in the Championship find that it is far more difficult a job in the Premier League. Oh for having Willie (in his prime) back!

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« Reply #973 on: November 23, 2020, 12:25:26 PM »
I'd bring in Robinson for him against Sheffield United, showed what he could do at Everton. Ability wise I would not be worried about the step up just not preforming at the minute for what ever reason.