Issa Diop spoke exclusively to the club’s official website today, and shared what his West Ham teammates have told him about Aston Villa, ahead of their clash with Dean Smith’s side tonight.

The Hammers travel to the west Midlands tonight to take on the Villans, and a win would see them jump up to third place in the Premier League table.

Villa will be desperate for a win too, however, having taken just three points from their first four league games.

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Issa Diop (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Both sides play a wonderfully expansive brand of football, so it should be an entertaining game at Villa Park tonight.

Diop will have to be on top form, if West Ham are to return to east London with maximum points to show for their efforts.

 

The Frenchman spoke exclusively to the Hammers’ official website, and shared what his teammates have told him about tonight’s opponents:

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Issa Diop (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“The lads told me Aston Villa is a very good atmosphere with good fans, so like every game we want to win, so I hope we’re going to do our best game to get the three points.”

West Ham have been shaky defensively so far this season. And Diop hasn’t quite been at his best.

Tonight will be a great chance for him to prove his worth to the Hammers, however.

And a win would be a massive result for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

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