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Grady Diangana takes inspiration from Harvey Barnes' success at West Brom

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion's Grady Diangana says he is happy following in the footsteps of Leicester's Harvey Barnes – a player he admits he is hugely impressed by.

Grady Diangana of West Bromwich Albion. (AMA)

Barnes enjoyed a successful loan stint at The Hawthorns last season with the forward netting nine goals in 26 appearances before being recalled by The Foxes in January.

Diangana – who is on loan from West Ham – has also enjoyed a stellar start to his Baggies career with the 21-year-old having scored four goals and registered five assists in 15 outings.

And the wideman revealed he has studied Barnes' time at The Hawthorns to assess why his time with Albion was so fruitful.

"I have watched footage of what he (Barnes) did when he was at West Brom," Diangana said.

"I took good things from that and learned from what he did.

"He is quicker than me and scored a lot of solo goals, but some of his other goals were knowing where to be at the right time and the timing of the run.

"I watched the off-the-ball movement because I'm at a stage where I'm trying to create and score goals and trying to find the best and most efficient ways to get a goal or an assist and seeing which movements work.

"Hopefully I can push on like he's done."

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With Diangana having played so well, Albion fans have been worried that he – like Barnes – will be recalled by his parent club in January.

But speaking earlier this month, Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini said he wants the winger to stay with the Baggies and try and make 40 appearances this season.

And Diangana feels it's crucial for his development that he continues to play this year.

"It's been an amazing season so far – I'm enjoying it," he continued.

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"I saw an interview Pellegrini did and he said he'd like me to get 40 games under my belt with West Brom and he's happy with the way I've been performing so I'm happy here.

"I want to keep playing football. I'm at the stage of my career where I just want to play games and show the world what I can do.

“For me to improve, I need to be playing."

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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