Cape Town - West Ham United manager Manuel
Pellegrini has backed Grady Diangana to improve after the youngster
bagged a brace against Macclesfield on Wednesday.
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The Irons hammered The Silkmen 8-0 in their Carabao Cup third-round
clash at London Stadium. Robert Snodgrass also netted a double, while
Michail Antonio, Lucas Perez, Ryan Fredericks and Angelo Ogbonna all
Pellegrini picked out Diangana for special praise after the game. The
20-year-old winger was making his competitive debut for West Ham and
impressed Pellegrini with his performance.
"I'm pleased for him because the only thing I demand from young
players is when they get the opportunity to take the opportunity. He did
really well," he told the press after the game.
"One of the things I asked the club is to bring the U23s to the same
training ground we use. Last month we started to do that so it's easy
for me to see their performance.
"He's a young player and he must improve on a lot of things to be a
top player, but he's working hard and doing well and if he continues
with the personality he showed today I think he will improve a lot."
On the game itself, the Chilean tactician added: "It's never easy to
find space when you have eight or nine players in front of you but we
"It was a good win because we must show the difference between a team
in the Premier League and a team in League Two - but you don't always
do it. That's why I'm happy for the players."