West Ham progressed through to the fourth round of the FA Cup yesterday afternoon after beating Leeds 2-0 at the London Stadium.
The Hammers put in a thoroughly professional display and swatted Leeds aside.
A fourth round tie with Kidderminster Harriers now awaits us on February 5th.
Everything seems to be in order at West Ham at the moment.
There is one big worry, however, that needs addressing before the January transfer window slams shut.
With Angelo Ogbonna out for the season and Kurt Zouma still not expected back in action for another four weeks or so we are incredibly light in the centre-back department.
25-year-old West Ham man put in very worrying FA Cup performance against Leeds
Issa Diop is currently in the midst of a woeful run of form.
The former Toulouse defender seems to lack the main attributes needed to go on and become a top-class centre-back. And he hasn’t really made any progress since joining the Hammers in the summer of 2018.
Diop’s decision making is absolutely woeful. Considering his height, he is very poor in the air and he is very reckless.
The 25-year-old often charges out of position, leaving his centre-back partner completely exposed.
And the 6ft 4in defender put in another shocker yesterday against Leeds at the London Stadium.
Diop’s distribution was woeful. He gifted Leeds a great chance to score in the first-half after making a sloppy attempt to pass out of the back.
His communication with Alphonse Areola was horrendous and generally, he looked like a fish out of water.
David Moyes has an exceptional track record of getting the absolute best out of his players. Diop seems like someone who is beyond help, however.
Every time he is given a chance against a Premier League side, West Ham look incredibly shaky at the back. His performances have the Hammers fans on tenterhooks more or less every single time he takes to the pitch.
Zouma is expected back early next month. There are no guarantees that he will find his feet quickly again, however. And that is a real worry considering Diop’s poor recent form.
It seems as though it is now more important than ever to sign a top-class centre-back before the January transfer widow slams shut.