David Moyes could have an alternative plan for West Ham centre-back Issa Diop next season.
Claret and Hugh recently claimed that signing a new centre-back is one of the Scot’s three main priorities this summer alongside bringing in a centre-forward and getting a permanent deal for Jesse Lingard wrapped up.
That’s fair enough. We definitely do need to strengthen in all of those positions.
It could be argued that the West Ham boss needs to sign a central midfielder just as much as he does a centre-back, however, if not more.
David Moyes eyeing Issa Diop positional switch?
If the Hammers sign a new centre-back this summer, we will have four central defenders. Including Aaron Cresswell and Frederik Alves, the total will be six.
Meanwhile, Moyes will have just three central midfielders at his disposal with Mark Noble providing the only real cover for Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
So perhaps Diop could be the man to slot into the defensive midfield role next season.
The 24-year-old was a real hit in the Premier League after joining West Ham from Toulouse for around £22 million in the summer of 2018 (BBC).
Diop’s form has been poor over the past 18 months or so, however. It seems as though he doesn’t really have the qualities needed to become a top class centre-back.
The former Toulouse man does have all of the attributes needed to be a central midfielder, however.
He is tall, gangly, has bundles of energy and is tenacious in the tackle. His ability to carry the ball from deep is something that has really stood out when he has played at centre-back for the Hammers.
Diop’s stature and size is similar to that of Arsenal and France legend Patrick Vieira.
It would certainly be worth trying the 24-year-old in the DM role next season.
And we think that if David Moyes signs another centre-back this summer, Diop could very well find himself playing in a different position next term.