The Lowdown: Diop on the fringes…
Having played in just two matches in all competitions so far this season, it appears that the centre-back’s position under manager David Moyes is under threat.
Indeed, having featured over a full 90 minutes in both the Carabao Cup and Europa League (WhoScored), the 24-year-old is yet to feature in the Premier League this term.
As Moyes has greater choice in defence, Diop could face a battle to earn back his place as one of the first names on West Ham’s team sheet.
The Latest: Brown drops Diop claim…
“I think it looks bad for Diop that Zouma is there now too,” he explained.
“He looked brilliant and formed a real wall in the European game against Dinamo Zagreb a couple of weeks ago. He has a lot of experience.
“In terms of the physique and talent level, he is very similar to Diop, but he’s been around and done it more often.
“He has Premier League and Champions League experience so it’s going to be hard for Diop to get back in.
“There’s no reason why he can’t but he has certainly got to show a lot more than he has over the last couple of seasons to do that.”
The Verdict: Tough road ahead…
The signing of Zouma, who often performed impressively for Chelsea last season, certainly comes as a mighty blow for Diop’s chances of playing regular Premier League football at the London Stadiun.
However, the gigantic 6 foot 4 powerhouse, who was once hailed as a “monster” by Jose Mourinho, could provide Moyes with very capable defensive backup off the bench and real steel when called upon, potentially improving West Ham’s chances of enjoying another stellar season.
If Diop bides his time and performs well when required, he could work his way back into the manager’s plans.
In other news: West Ham source: GSB set sights on signing ‘outstanding’ star for Moyes, talks already held…find out more here.
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