Issa Diop has been extremely inconsistent so far this season.
The 23-year-old joined the Hammers from Toulouse for around £22 million in the summer of 2018 (BBC).
The Frenchman impressed immediately at the London Stadium, but his performances levels have dropped dramatically this season.
Sky Sports reported back in December that Tottenham were interested in signing Diop, with West Ham valuing the centre-back at around £50 million. Chelsea were also rumoured to be interested in the 6ft 4in defender (Sky Sports).
So if the Hammers do receive a bid of around £50 million for Diop, should they sell him?
Here’s why we think they should…
£50 million is a serious amount of money for someone who has proven himself to be extremely fallible this season.
In 19 Premier League games for West Ham this term, Diop has a fairly unimpressive tackle success rate of 55%. He has made just 20 tackles, 30 interceptions and 79 clearances during that period and the Hammers have let in 35 goals in those games. Diop has also made an error leading to a goal for the opposition (premierleague.com).
Compare those stats to last season. The Frenchman played 33 Premier league games for West Ham, and racked up 68 tackles, with a success rate of 57%. The Hammers conceded 43 goals in those games. Diop also racked up 64 interceptions and made 155 clearances.
It is clear to see that Diop has regressed this season.
Aside from the stats, the former Toulouse man seems to have lost all his awareness and sense of position this season. He is incredibly naive, and lunges in far too often.
For £50 million, we think West Ham would be able to buy a centre-back of far greater quality, and if they are shrewd in the transfer market, perhaps even two.
On his day, Diop is a very good defender. But £50 million would surely be too good a fee to turn down. He is out of contract in the summer of 2023, so in 18 months time, his value might just start to decrease.
It might be in the Hammers’ best interest to strike whilst the iron is hot. And if a bid of £50 million is made for Diop this summer, West Ham surely should move the Frenchman on.