West Ham United defender Issa Diop has been at the centre of criticism through members of the media following his latest display in the FA Cup fourth round against Kidderminster Harriers this afternoon.
The Lowdown: West Ham fail to find new centre-back…
As widely reported, strengthening at centre-back was one of West Ham’s main transfer goals for last month alongside the addition of a new striker.
However, despite lodging record-breaking bids in the final week of January, the Irons and recruitment chief Rob Newman could not bring in a major winter window signing.
Talks were held for Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car and there were links to the likes of Manchester City’s Nathan Ake and Burnley’s James Tarkowski.
With Angelo Ogbonna still sidelined and after the Hammers’ inability to sign a player in that area, Moyes has to make do with Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma and Diop as his only options.
Following the latter man’s FA Cup display this afternoon, members of the media weren’t impressed with what he offered against Kidderminster.
The Latest: Media criticise Diop…
Taking to social media, esteemed journalists singled out the Frenchman’s display for criticism.
“To be generous, Diop has made a shocking start. Gave away the free-kick, collided with Areola for the goal and now gives another free-kick away on the edge of the box.” – Jack Rosser, The Evening Standard (Twitter).
“Really is quite frightening for WHUFC how bad Issa Diop can be. A new centre-back, maybe even two, absolutely essential business this summer.” – Toby Cudworth, Head of Content at 90min (Twitter).
“Diop looks like he’s been possessed by Gary Breen.” – Jacob Steinberg, The Guardian (Twitter).
The Verdict: Justified?
The towering central defender, it’s safe to say, endured a torrid afternoon at Aggborough Stadium.
According to SofaScore, before being hauled off by Moyes at half time, Diop was one of the lowest-rated players out of West Ham’s side with a 6.4/10.
He also conceded possession on seven separate occasions over the first 45 minutes whilst losing 100% of his ground duels up against the National League North minnows (SofaScore).
Called a ‘big name’ and a ‘big player’ last year by pundit Noel Whelan, if he continues this form, those tags certainly won’t stick for long.
In other news: West Ham weighing yet another marquee bid as Moyes sets sights on ‘extraordinary’ player, find out more here.
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