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West Ham player picks out four Newcastle United threats for Saturday

2 years ago
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West Ham travel to St James Park with the odds apparently stacked against the,

Only one win since September in the Premier League and only a single victory at St James Park in the last 20 years.

However, attacking midfielder Grady Diangana is aiming for three wins in a row starting on Saturday, as the Hammers play teams who are around them in the table.

Whilst players coming through the ranks and getting their chance is still absent at Newcastle United, the West Ham production line continues.

In central midfield they will have 19 year old Declan Rice, whilst 20 year old Diangana, who has also came up through the ranks, has broken through this season and played in the last four Premier League matches.

He has played once before at St James Park though, part of the Hammers Under 23 side which won promotion to Premier League 2 Division 1 by beating Newcastle in a Play-Off final on Tyneside in May 2017.

The 20 year old says that ‘It inspires me to play in beautiful stadiums’ and is now looking forward to playing in front of a full St James Park this time.

As for Newcastle threats, he picks out Salomon Rondon for his power in the air.

Diangana also selects three ‘ball players’ to watch out for, in Kenedy, Ritchie and Mohamed Diame (???).

Grady Diangana speaking to the official club site:

 “It was the Premier League 2 Play-Off final and Toni (Martinez scored a really nice goal to win it for us, so it’s a nice memory.

“I remember being in the changing room after the game and those are great memories!

“Obviously last week was a bit different but I’ve learnt not to dwell on things and to learn from every experience, put them behind me and try to move on. That’s the way forward for me.

“We’re aiming for nine points, we know the teams we’re playing against are in and around the same position so we’re going to try and fight for every game that we play and get all the points that we can.

“I have played at St James Park before. It’s a big stadium but I’ve never played there when it’s full, so I don’t know what that feels like, but we’re going to go there fearless and try and win the game.

“It inspires me to play in beautiful stadiums. It makes you feel special and like you’re part of a special occasion, so to put on a performance and entertain the fans is what we’re all aiming to do.

I see Salomon Rondon as being a threat, so they’re probably going to play a lot of balls in the air for him as he’s really good aerially.

“They’ve also got some good ball players like Kenedy, Matt Ritchie and Mo Diame who used to be here at West Ham, so they have got a lot of threats all over the pitch.”

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