Diangana drama keeps West Ham plot bubbling
After a hiatus, the long-running soap opera about fractious east London folk has returned. No, not which is back on the television screens after a three-month break, but that other perennial and infinitely more fascinating east London drama: West Ham United.
When Mark Noble posted his tweet at 9.13pm on Friday it should have been followed by the “doof doof ” drum beats of the opening bars after a cliffhanger at the end of an
episode. “As captain of this football club I’m gutted, angry and sad that Grady has left, great kid with a great future,” Noble wrote in a hammer blow for the club’s owners.
There was a sense of shock, although there will be no action taken against Noble, who remains the captain and, as is widely acknowledged, has done so much for a club he cares deeply about.
So often the crisis club, fans – and clearly players – were furious at the sale of Grady Diangana to newly promoted West Bromwich Albion for an £18 million fee that is apparently payable over three years – which will anger the supporters even more.
But, even by West Ham standards, this was going early. The season has not even started while there was barely half an hour between the sale of the winger being announced and Noble’s response. Declan Rice liked the tweet, Arthur Masuaku replied with a broken heart emoji and a new fire was lit in the smouldering sense of dissatisfaction aimed at owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
It got worse. “Go and do your thing in a club that respects you. Big player with a big future,” wrote Jack Wilshere on Instagram, which may have felt even more of a kick to the West Ham owners given the injury-prone midfielder’s desperately poor return for the club he joined in
2018 on a three-year deal when they wanted to offer him only a 12-month contract.
It was Manuel Pellegrini who insisted on the longer contract for Wilshere and there is no doubt that selling Diangana is part of an ugly mop-up operation for the money wasted
Sacrificed: Grady Diangana was sold to West Bromwich because West Ham need cash to sign a new defender