Grady Diangana admits he did not expect his West Ham debut to go so well after he scored two in Wednesday’s 8-0 victory over Macclesfield. The 20-year-old was included in the starting line-up for what was his first-ever senior appearance and he certainly did not look out of place, as he produced a confident display that was rounded off by two late goals.
Diangana was understandably on cloud nine after the match and said he couldn’t have dreamt his debut could have gone any better.
“I never thought my debut would be like that,” he told West Ham TV. “I’ve always dreamed about it, but for it to actually happen, I never really expected it.”
The midfielder was one of three players to make their West Ham debuts during the match, as Conor Coventry and Joe Powell both came off the bench, with the latter providing two assists.
Diangana only found out he was starting the match on the day of the game, but he has praised the encouragement he received from both the club’s coaching staff and his fellow players.
“The first thing I was told by the manager and the staff was to be fearless and enjoy myself. They wanted me to play simple in the middle third, and express myself,” the youngster added.
“The experienced players made my debut really easy for me. They spoke to me before the game and during the game, just giving me advice.”
The victory means West Ham have made it through to the Carabao Cup fourth round and they will find out their opponents when the draw is made on Saturday evening.