Grady Diang: It felt good to contribute to Ipswich Town win
Grady Diang was delighted to make such a positive impact in West Ham United’s 4-1 victory at Ipswich Town on Tuesday.
The winger, making his first appearance for the Hammers since returning from loan at West Bromwich Albion, provided the assists for the first two goals at Portman Road, setting up Sebastien Haller on the stroke of half-time and then on the hour mark.
Diang then played a role in Haller’s third, chasing down the Ipswich Town defence in the final third, allowing the West Ham striker to receive the ball and tuck home for the hat-trick.
With his first minutes of the new season under his belt, Diang is happy with how he performed individually and how the team showcased their talents as a whole.
I’m happy to be back and I’m really happy to be playing with my teammates again and finding ways that we can play together.
“I’m feeling happy for the team,” Diang said. “Obviously, everyone got a lot of minutes on Tuesday and proved that we are fit. I’m happy to be back and I’m really happy to be playing with my teammates again and finding ways that we can play together. It was lovely to represent West Ham again.
“The game versus Ipswich was more about fitness, and I also needed to make sure I got in and helped out the full-back, Cress, as well as getting up and down and testing myself out physically. At the end of it, I needed to be creative, try to score, and help others to score as well.
“I’m feeling good. I was a little tired towards the end, but it felt good for me to contribute because that’s my main job. I need to contribute to goals and help out the team, whether that’s by creating them or scoring them. For me to start off like that, I’m very happy in myself and happy with the team performance.”
Striker Haller paid tribute to Diang’s qualities following Tuesday’s fixture, and the 22-year-old is happy to have helped out the forward in front of goal.
For the Academy graduate, the joy that comes with an assist is just as satisfying as scoring himself.
He continued: “I like to help out others to succeed and score goals. For me, seeing others score and helping with that is just the same as me scoring as well. If I can help everyone else out – whether that’s through a pass or with a recovery run – I’m happy.
“For me, I’m just taking it day by day and working hard. I just want to be the best I can be every day, and hopefully I can do that and break into the starting XI.”