Where would West Ham be without Manuel Pellegrini’s incredible summer signings? The Hammers have gone from strength to strength after recovering from a rocky start to the Premier League season and the likes of Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and Lukas Fabianski have been key to that. The man that the fans are focusing on here, though, is Diop.
BIG tackle from Issa pic.twitter.com/pznJoq0gza
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) 5 March 2019
The Irons young central defender is one of the best young defenders in the Premier League and he just doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. Once again he showed just how good he was against Newcastle and one moment in particular where he made a sublime last-ditch to deny what looked like a certain Newcastle goal to put the ball out for a corner has been played on repeat by the Hammers.
When Pellegrini has everyone fit his centre-back pairing of Diop and Fabian Balbuena is the stuff of dreams. The Hammers will be backing themselves to have a really good crack at breaking into the top six next season if they can build on what they’ve got this season and have better luck with their injuries, and it’s hard to back against them when they’ve got someone at the back with the quality of Issa Diop.
You can see what the Hammers have been saying about Diop here:
Be lucky to hang onto him. What a player he is for just 21
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) March 5, 2019
ISSA great tackle
— James (@jame5__7v2) 5 March 2019
This isn't a one off either, he has been getting himself into that position to make the last ditch tackles all season.
— Jimmy Hunt (@jimmyhunt88) March 5, 2019
Massive player for us . We need to make sure we keep him . He is also a very good ball player and has a eye for goal. He will only get better
— ToneHammer (@tone_hammer) 5 March 2019
@IssaDiop97 what a player!
— Sam Church (@Sammy_dodgerx) 5 March 2019
Like Rice, he’s gonna be a BIG player for my team WHUtd !!
— Roy Jessep (@RoyJessep3) 5 March 2019
Snapped him in half.
— Anthony (@terryant94) March 5, 2019
The Hammers cannot get enough of Issa Diop at the moment and are desperate for more of the same from the French colossus.