Retro Hammers: Alessandro Diamanti
Author: Matthew Kirk. Published: 31 March 2016 at 7:46pm
of 5.5 million from Italian outfit Livorno. Diamanti had scored 24
goals in 63 games for Livorno, which for an attacking midfielder is a
great record hence why the hammers jumped for his signature.
defeat to Wigan Athletic. The Italian scored his first goal for the
club 7 days later in the form of a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool. His spot
kick created much speculation and controversy, the player slipped and
was thought to kick the ball from one foot to the other before the
ball sailed past Reina and hit the back of the net, the goal still
which was noticed when Diamanti scored probably his best goal for the
club. Under the lights at Upton Park Diamanti stood over a free kick
against Birmingham city and placed it into the top right corner of the
goal. Ignoring all other players he ran straight to his manager for a
man hug, which showed that real Italian class.
midfielders mentality during his time with the club where he scored 8
goals for West Ham, many believed he could be the next ‘Di Canio’ as
they shared the same flair. At the end of the season he was awarded
the hammer if the year runner up award, only for the no nonsense Scott
Parker to beat him to first prize.
Grant saw Diamanti’s future at Upton Park hit a stand still, he was
sent back out to Italian side Brescia much to the disappointment of
the hammers fans. During his time back in Italy he won his first
Italian national team call up in 2010. He was then signed by Bologna
where he played the most games in his career. He then saw himself move
to Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, since then he has a few loan
moves, quiet noticeably to Premier League Watford F.C.
has so far made 11 appearances with 1 goal.
other players would tease him for using a hairdryer!