Does Issa Diop have a future at West Ham United?
Well the truth is we are none the wiser.
Diop has had a strange career with West Ham so far.
The young centre-back was outstanding in his first season after being signed for £22.5 million by Manuel Pellegrini.
Issa Diop’s topsy turvy Hammers career
So much so he was publicly praised by rival managers such as Jose Mourinho. At one stage he was even valued at a staggering £75m by West Ham (Telegraph).
His star faded badly thereafter as inconsistency and woeful decision-making saw errors creep into his game.
Diop has rarely featured this season under David Moyes until Angelo Ogbonna was ruled out through injury in February.
Despite some decent performances from Diop in certain games, West Ham have not been the same defensively with him in the side.
Some feel Diop can rediscover his best form and become a top defender.
Insider flip flops over £40m rated defender’s West Ham future
Others think West Ham should sell him and move on this summer.
And if reports from insiders Claret and Hugh are anything to go by over the last week, Moyes and West Ham are just as conflicted as the fans.
Claret and Hugh have direct links to the West Ham board. And the insiders claimed Diop could be sold in the summer to raise transfer funds.
A similar claim was also made by West Ham supporting journalist Sam Delaney. He suggested that Diop is a prime candidate to be sold this summer, when speaking on the U Irons podcast alongside Roshane Thomas for The Athletic.
The West Ham insiders have since flip flopped over Diop’s future, though.
In a report just 24 hours later, Claret and Hugh backtracked somewhat and claimed West Ham have no intention of selling the 24-year-old. Adding that only a major bid could change their minds.
For sale or not for sale, that is the question – but jury clearly still out on 24-year-old
“Claret and Hugh understands the club would be looking for a £40 million minimum offer to even think in those terms,” Claret and Hugh state.
“The club takes the view that he has youth very much on his side and having done little to suggest a move is required that he has been at the centre of unfair and ill-informed speculation.”
Whatever the situation, it is clear the jury is still very much out on Diop.
He has all the attributes to be a top defender. His size, power and pace are just what is needed in the modern game.
But if David Moyes and Stuart Pearce – two former defenders with reputations for being top class defensive coaches – can’t get the best out of Diop then that will be a damning indictment on the player.
He can still be a top class performer for West Ham.
But such has been his inconsistency, Diop is expected to be dropped for the trip to Burnley today. The returning Craig Dawson and Aaron Cresswell are expected to come back into the side.