Alessandro Diamanti has given West Ham fans a taste of things to come with two excellent free-kicks on his debut for the reserves against Birmingham on Tuesday night. The Hammers ran out 6-nil winners at Upton Park.
There were several pluses for Gianfranco Zola, starting with the return to action of midfielder Valon Behrami after a lengthy injury after damaging his knee ligaments against Manchester City back in March. Elsewhere, teenage striker Zavon Hines also enjoyed a highly-successful evening’s work with a hat-trick for the Eastenders.
Yet it was a brace of free-kicks from debutant Alessandro Diamanti which offered the Hammers most happiness. Having signed from Italian side Livorno for a fee of around Â£6million, the Italian broke his duck at the first time of asking by curling in two free-kicks either side of the break.