West Ham United youngster Grady Diangana’s emergence could be the downfall of fellow youngster Sead Haksabanovic.
Diangana recently burst onto the scene with two goals against Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup during the 8-0 win.
He then made his Premier League debut against Manchester United – albeit a one-minute cameo role – and also secured a place on the bench against Brighton.
It looks as though he has a bright future at the club.
He is considered one of the club’s best young prospects, and there’s every chance he’ll see more Premier League action as the season wears on.
The 20-year-old is being kept around the first-team over the international break by Manuel Pellegrini, which suggests that the Chilean does see him contributing this season.
Good for Diangana then, but will his involvement scupper the potential breakthrough of another Hammers youngster?
Haksabanovic struggling at Malaga
Haksabanovic is struggling.
The Montenegrin is plying his trade at Pellegrini’s former club Malaga at the moment, but hasn’t made a single appearance yet for the Spanish second division side, as reported by football.london.
This is surely irksome to Pellegrini, but perhaps the feeling in Spain is that he simply isn’t deserving of game time at the moment.
With Haksabanovic not playing football and away from his parent club, it could be that Diangana makes more of an impression with Pellegrini.
Diangana has the chance to impress the ex-Manchester City boss up close, whereas Haksabanovic’s progress can only be relayed from afar.
With the players both playing similar positions, there’s a chance that Haksabanovic’s situation could be exacerbated by the exciting Diangana, who appears to be knocking at the door at Rush Green.