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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
8%
  
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
4%
  
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
25%
  
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
31%
  
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons
33%
  



OLD GEEZER 11:31 Sat Nov 21
Where is the Diangana question now
The first thing to say is that I was as disappointed as most WH fans when he went. Also of course it is impossible to know how he would have performed in our side. The simple question that I have is if he had stayed would he have been in our present team? Also is his sale now looking like a good deal?

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Sir Alf 12:07 Tue Nov 24
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
The old dour Sweatie Moyesiah employs the tried and trusted "keep the shirt" policy. The team wins everyone keeps their place. The idea being that it encourages those out of the team to play out of their skins when they get a chance to dislodge the bloke in front of them but at the same time the bloke in the team knows he cannot let standards slip or make a rickett etc. It can lead to situations, like now, where better players appear to be on the bench. But it keeps everyone in the squad motivated as they all know there are no obvious manager favourites and they will get chances to make a place in the first 11 their own.

Of course with no injuries or losses they may have to wait a while but we rack up some points as a result.

A "meritocracy" I think the management types call it?

eusebiovic 12:00 Tue Nov 24
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Where is the Diangana question now?

In hibernation until he scores a freak hat trick against Newcastle...

Pagey 10:59 Tue Nov 24
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Why would Benrahma walk straight into a team that’s playing well and getting results? Just enjoy the fact that we’re in a great place and have a quality player waiting to show what he can do when given the chance.

pdbis 10:46 Tue Nov 24
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Who?

Jaan Kenbrovin 1:49 Tue Nov 24
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
If Diangana's sale and transfer fee is proving to have been both warranted and inflated based on recent performances, I'm not sure how Zinedine Benrahma's future transfer fee is holding up?

diehardhammer 1:20 Tue Nov 24
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
I do admire your commitment to this angry little man act you have on here

Bravo vexed

Vexed 5:52 Mon Nov 23
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
diehardhammer 2:19 Mon Nov 23

You're the one with the stiffy for Diangana.

"Waaah, he's weally weally good!" then it's proven he isn't actually and it's "Wahaahh he WILL BE weally weally gooooood waaah". Soon it'll be "Waaaah, if we'd have kept him he would have developed into a weally weally good player waaah" instead of the championship journeyman he is destined to become.

So fuck off.

geoffpikey 3:39 Mon Nov 23
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
" The simple question that I have is if he had stayed would he have been in our present team? "

Given that his more expensive replacement isn't in the team, not sure how simple that question is! We've also changed shape, so out and out wingers aren't really Moyes' demand at the moment. So, probably, No. But he COULD have been a solid option.

We've probably seen the last meaningful contribution of Snodgrass: Diangana would have been a logical next step?

We still don't know if Benrahma is any good at PL level...

Pickle Rick 3:07 Mon Nov 23
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
He'll probably be more comfortable in the Championship next season, or, when Billic is sacked, he may prosper under a new manager.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 3:00 Mon Nov 23
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Scott_d

We did have too many wingers (I think Sullivan actually meant attacking midfielders, but we can go with wingers if you want). Despite bringing in Benrahma, we now have fewer wingers than previously.

What's your point?

scott_d 2:56 Mon Nov 23
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Honestly, I don't think the question is whether he would or would now have been playing for us and impacting the team now that he has gone.

I don't even think that was the main issue with the whole situation.

The issue was, once again, the absolute bullshit excuses from the club about reasons for selling a popular and promising player.

1. Money used to buy a defender.
2. We have plenty of cover in his position.

This was backed up when we spend a few million on Coufal and brought the Watford guy in on loan and then spend all our money (at least we may do when the loan becomes permanant) on another winger.

It's just a typical piss take from our owners regardless of whether it is good business for us.

diehardhammer 2:19 Mon Nov 23
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Bit weird you’re thinking of hard dicks there vexed son

Whatever floats your boat...

Vexed 1:51 Mon Nov 23
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
We would we want to get back a shit player we just got rid of? You really are an oddball aren't you dickhardhammer?

diehardhammer 1:26 Mon Nov 23
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
I would like West Ham to try and buy him back when West Brom go down on the cheap

West Brom are dog shit, full of championship players bit unfair to judge him with dross around him imo

Plus we know Moyes did want to keep him in the first place and only sold reluctantly

Vexed 12:44 Mon Nov 23
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
I reckon if you're late in a game and you need a bit of magic from somewhere to nick a late goal, Benrahma is a far better bet than the offensively average Diangana.

Full Claret Jacket 9:33 Sun Nov 22
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Here are some boring stats about the playing time of players who playing in the championship last year.
This was Bowens intro to the PL after signing last season.

1st Game - not in squad
Next two games - on as late sub 80mins+
Next 11 games - Started (subbed off in 7 of them, 6 late in the game)

Benrahma so far

1st game - not in squad
2nd game - not in squad
3rd game - on for 1 min
4th game - on for last 12mins
5 game - unused sub.

After two sub appearances, Bowen then became a regular in the squad and his work rate, pace and direct running made a difference to our results. This season he is a regular starter. Benrahma not really given a chance yet.

Dianganas start at West Brom

Started first 7 games - subbed off in 3
8th game on as late sub
9th game started and subbed off.

In terms of playing time I find it hard to believe Diangana would have got much playing time or dislodged either Bowen or Fornals in the system we have adopted. He is currently getting decent playing time even though West Brom are not performing as a team so if he wanted starts it was the right move for him.

Whether keeping him would have allowed us to play another way or would have improved our options we will never know. I still think he would have been a useful player and one who had a real connection to the club. Certainly looked up for it in pre-season.

Side of Ham 8:33 Sun Nov 22
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Took Antonio a while to be introduced to the PL.....which in imo.....I think did him well....

daveyg 7:50 Sun Nov 22
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Well we're not using his replacement with good effect for a lot more dosh.
I think Diangana would of been a better bet to bring on instead of Benrahma for the likes of the knackered Haller or better still Masuaku

dealcanvey 7:41 Sun Nov 22
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
Sullivan said on talksport himself.

We had 8 wingers so did not need him.

We then spent all the money and more on another winger.

Benrahma has played about 20 minutes since he arrived.

We can all say it was a good price but we did not re-invest the money where it was actually needed.

Pagey 7:38 Sun Nov 22
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
If you cut Diangana in half we don’t get anywhere near £18m for him. In fact he’d be out for the season at least.

Mike Oxsaw 7:06 Sun Nov 22
Re: Where is the Diangana question now
I think the issue is that if you'd have cut Diagana in half you'd have seen "West Ham United" writ large running through his soul like a stick of rock. I suspect Noble saw that too which was why he was ryally pissed off at the sale.

Unfortunately, the same thing that kept Hoddle out of the England side would have stopped Diagana progressing at West Ham; his preferred position was already filled with no indication that it would soon be up for grabs.

I'm not sure that he chose the right club with which to progress his career, but I wish him well and hope he can make the step up.

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