West Ham supporting journalist Sam Delaney suggested that Issa Diop is a prime candidate to be sold this summer, when speaking on the U Irons podcast alongside Roshane Thomas for The Athletic.
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The 24-year-old, signed from Toulouse in the summer of 2018 for £25 million according to The Express, has failed to fulfil his potential at the London Stadium.
He clearly has all of the ingredients needed to go on and become a top class centre-back.
Diop lacks the concentration and any kind of positional awareness at there moment, however.
David Moyes will have to be thrifty in his transfer business this summer.
The Scot may well be contemplating ways in which to supplement his budget.
West Ham looking to sell Issa Diop?
The former Toulouse ace could be sacrificed this summer. That’s according to Hammers supporting journo Sam Delaney.
He told The Athletic’s U Irons podcast:
“I feel that a player like him [Issa Diop] still has potential to be a very good player. But I think from West Ham’s point of view, considering that we never have much money to spend, who does? And if we want to make some decent signings, we’re going to have to sell. To me he’s a prime candidate because usually, we sell players who don’t have much value. So really, it’s just an exercise in getting them off of the wage bill. But you look at Diop’s age you sort of think he’s someone who can still fetch a reasonable fee for but he is not first choice.”
In some ways, giving up on Issa Diop already would be a shame. He could still become a top class defender after all.
Considering our needs to strengthen all over the pitch, however, selling the 24-year-old this summer may well be a necessity.
And if moving Diop on helps David Moyes build a more well-rounded squad at West Ham, then we would be more than happy with that.