This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Back in July 2018, West Ham United looked to find a young player who could both strengthen their defence but also would have plenty of potential for the future . This is always a gamble as a footballer may not fulfil the potential it is believed they have, however the club took a risk and signed French centre-back Issa Diop for 25 million euros (£21.9 million), per Transfermarkt, from Ligue 1 side Toulouse.
It certaintly seems to have paid off however as he has become a consistent starter in the back line, playing 64 times since his debut. In his first campaign his defensive statistics highlight how good he was, as he managed to average 2.1 tackles a game, 1.9 interceptions and a huge 4.7 clearances, via WhoScored. He has maintained those standards in the current campaign and although he has managed to average 1 tackle and 1.7 interceptions per match, he is making 5.2 clearances (in eleven games less).
This highlights how involved the player gets in the game, managing to break up opposition attacks regularly and his form has not gone unnoticed as various top clubs both in England and abroad have been linked with the player including Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as well as Atletico Madrid. These links have meant that the Hammers have now been able to put a massive €60 million (£52.5m) price tag on him, via footmercato.
With such a price tag now over his head, the amount the Hammers spent to get him can be easily seen as a bargain in today’s market and it certainly looks as though they will be raking in a huge profit when they do come to sell the 23-year-old.
West Ham fans, do you feel like Diop was a bargain? Comment below!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience