West Bromwich Albion travel to face Burnley on Saturday afternoon and could have Grady Diangana available for selection after his recovery from a thigh injury.

It remains to be seen if he will feature in any capacity, however, as Sam Allardyce has already hinted at playing the same starting XI which drew 1-1 against Manchester United on Sunday.

Steve Madeley of The Athletic believes that the 22-year-old will be left out at the weekend as he ‘hasn’t done enough’ this season, saying: “I suspect he will have to wait for his chance. He has undeniable talent but hasn’t really done enough this season to command a guaranteed place.”

Diangana initially joined West Brom on a season-long loan from West Ham in the summer of 2019 and made 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring eight goals and supplying seven assists (Transfermarkt).

He turned the move permanent last summer but has struggled with the step up in quality to the Premier League, scoring only one goal from 16 games and failing to register an assist (Transfermarkt).

The 22-year-old has been sidelined for nearly seven weeks after picking up a thigh injury in January’s 4-0 defeat to Arsenal, so he is not going to be match fit. Matheus Pereira and Robert Snodgrass should start on opposing flanks against Burnley, with Diangana possibly getting a run from the substitutes’ bench.


Diangana has a lot of potential, as suggested by his 2029/20 figures, but hasn’t shown enough of it this season.

Allardyce can’t afford any passengers in the fight for Premier League survival, the 22-year-old might have to settle for a place on the bench for now, as Madeley has predicted.