A cruel injury has presented West Ham United star Issa Diop with a window of opportunity for France.
It has puzzled many fans and pundits how Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte had been left in the cold by France boss Didier Deschamps.
But when the call finally came last week, Laporte suffered a long-term knee injury in the victory over Brighton.
Diop overlooked despite injury
Some felt that would pave the way for West Ham’s young defensive star Diop to be given his first senior call-up for the world champions.
Barcelona outcast Samuel Umtiti was called up instead despite playing just 13 games last season and being left in the cold this term even though he is fully fit.
That should not deter West Ham’s £75million man.
After all, that was the price the Hammers were reportedly demanding from the likes of Manchester United when they came sniffing in the summer (The Telegraph).
Window of opportunity for West Ham’s £75m man
Laporte’s unfortunate injury has opened the door for Diop to impress Deschamps over the next few months.
That can only be good for West Ham.
With the carrot of playing for his national team and potentially at next summer’s Euro 2020, Diop will be even more motivated than usual.
West Ham have started the season well.
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If the centre back can force his way into the squad while Laporte is injured he can showcase his skills to Deschamps up close.
And if he impresses him – as he has done fans and pundits in the Premier League – then he could have a big international future.
Who knows he might even be joined in an upcoming Les Bleus squad by West Ham teammate Sebastien Haller.