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West Ham fans on Twitter wanted Diop to start to complete perfect lineup

West Ham fans on Twitter wanted Diop to start to complete perfect lineup

When yesterday’s team lineup was announced there were West Ham fans far and wide absolutely buzzing to see both Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic starting together, with Manu Lanzini and Felipe Anderson in behind. The one change they would have made to complete the perfect lineup would have seen Issa Diop start ahead of Angelo Ogbonna.

Back in late 2018, it was Diop and Fabian Balbeuna who struck up a fearsome partnership at the heart of the Hammers’ backline, and the supporters are desperate to see that again. Balbuena has been the one missing from the lineup more often than not, but yesterday saw him make his first start since the 22nd December, and the Irons were all gutted that he wasn’t partnered by Diop.

It was an understandable choice from Manuel Pellegrini. Diop has featured plenty of times this season and giving him a rest was probably the correct decision. It meant that the Hammers had to see Angelo Ogbonna feature in his place, but hopefully, the Stratford club can now revert to their favourite defensive pairing of Diop and Balbuena for their next game when they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in Saturday’s later kick-off.

You can read the Hammers’ calls for Diop here:

The Hammers loved their starting lineup but were all frustrated to see Pellegrini get so close to getting i perfect and then going with Ogbonna over Diop.

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