Issa Diop put in a magnificent performance against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, despite the team losing.
The France youth international was a rock at the back, shackling the dangerous Harry Kane with maturity beyond his years.
Here, we take a look at Diop’s performance in numbers, with stats sourced from Who Scored.
Despite West Ham’s 1-0 loss, Diop stood out. We analyse just how good he has been for the Irons so far.
Diop made five tackles on Saturday – a tally only Declan Rice bettered.
Furthermore, the 21-year-old made two interceptions, three clearances and blocked three shots.
This helped the Hammers tame a dangerous Spurs attack for most of the game.
Diop also demonstrated his prowess in the air by winning two of his aerial duels.
Diop made 30 passes with an impressive success rate of 96.7 per cent. That figure was the best on the pitch last Saturday.
This statistic proves that he is growing in confidence with each match that he plays. He is the typical modern day ball-playing defender.
Diop’s impact at West Ham
Diop seems to be growing with confidence in each match he plays and he looks like a quality signing now.
Despite his young age, Diop is confident, dominant and consistently turns in top performances.
Alongside Fabian Balbuena, he has formed a solid backbone to this West Ham team.
With those two at the back and Lukasz Fabianski in goal, it is only a matter of time before the clean sheets and three points start flooding in.
West Ham seem to have unearthed a real gem in this young Frenchman.