Sterling stuff from West Brom's Grady Diangana
Student of the game Grady Diangana has revealed he is taking inspiration from Raheem Sterling as he bids to score more goals.
The winger, who is hoping to feature for England under-21s against Albania tonight, has netted four times for Albion since joining on loan from West Ham in the summer.
In a bid to improve, Diangana says he watches clips of a host of top players – including Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
But his says for young, English, wingers, Sterling is now a huge source of inspiration.
“He (Sterling) has always been a top player but now you can see he has become so efficient,” Diangana said.
“You want to understand how he’s got to where he is.
“He is a big inspiration for every attacking player.”
Diangana believes Sterling has made the art of scoring look easy.
And it’s that skill he wants to learn.
“It’s how he’s getting his goals,” the 21-year-old continued.
“Everyone wants to get goals but you don’t know how to consistently get goals like that.
“To be consistent you have to have a method in doing it.
“Sterling doesn’t dribble as much as he used to but you can see him getting on the end of things – the one-touch finishes, the timing of his movement.
“He is really good at those things.”
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Diangana moved to England when he was just four-years-old.
He joined West Ham’s academy aged 12 and – along with Declan Rice – was immediately touted as a star of the future.
Now he is hoping to emulate his Hammers team-mate buy also playing for the senior England side one day.
But he says to do that he is going to have to stay grounded.
“I’ve always been someone who’s grounded and I don’t let things get to my head,” Diangana said.
“Playing with Declan and seeing where he’s got to and how he’s got there and the things he’s had to do to get there has helped me develop as a player.
“Hopefully I can be just as good as him.
“Declan is definitely someone I can learn from.”