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Diangana quality can keep Leicester on back foot

Adrian Clarke 9 Sep 2020
Grady Diangana, West Brom

Adrian Clarke says West Brom winger has the skills needed to flourish from the opening weekend after joining on a permanent deal

Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points in Matchweek 1.

West Bromwich Albion winger Grady Diangana has the potential to cause opening-weekend opponents Leicester City plenty of problems on Sunday.

The 22-year-old moved to The Hawthorns on a permanent deal in the summer after playing a key role in their promotion to the Premier League.

Slaven Bilic is building a creative side in which the talented Diangana will play an integral part.

His pre-season form was excellent prior to departing West Ham United and Baggies fans will hope he can continue this on Sunday.

Attacking force

Diangana's quality on the ball and ability to create an opening out of nowhere can be the difference in a tight match.

From turnovers or when West Brom are enjoying possession, he likes to drive forward and run at defences.

Diangana's solo goal against Hull City 

No Championship player completed more dribbles in 2019/20 than the 3.52 per 90 minutes made by Diangana.

James Justin or new recruit Timothy Castagne will have to be aware of this threat.

Diangana 2019/20 statistics 
Championship  Total Per 90
Chances created 41 1.98
Dribbles created 73 3.52
Fouls won  43 2.07
Open-play crosses 44 2.12

Three of Leicester's back four from last season will not feature when the Foxes kick-off their campaign.

Ben Chilwell has been sold to Chelsea, Ricardo Pereira continues to recover from injury and Jonny Evans is suspended for the first three matches.

With this in mind, I would expect Bilic to approach the match with a positive mindset.

In a 4-2-3-1 formation, he will encourage his team to be adventurous and target the flanks, using the speed and trickery of their wide players.

Creator and scorer

Diangana laid on six assists in 23 starts last season and his inventive play made him dangerous in the final third.

As well as his creativity, the England Under-21 international also offers West Brom a goal threat.

Using his pace to sprint in behind defenders, he scored eight times at a rate of one every 233 minutes.

If Brendan Rodgers' backline allow themselves to be caught square or on their heels, Diangana has all the attributes needed to take full advantage.

Expect the winger to showcase his ability and play a key role in West Brom's attack this term.

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Part 1: Leading from front will be key when champions collide
Part 2: Brighton's new-look defence set for Werner test
Part 3: Deputy wing-backs must step up for Wolves
Part 4: Ward-Prowse can set tempo for Southampton
Part 6: Reed provides balance to Fulham midfield
Part 7: Allan can steady Everton midfield ahead of Alli battle

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