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Diop decision ages superbly

By Dave Langton

David Moyes’ decision to keep Issa Diop amid interest from Fulham has paid off!

The Frenchman has been a big target for the newly-promoted Londoners this summer.

The Irons told Fulham that they would need to receive a fee of £20m to sell Diop initially, but boss Moyes has since changed his mind on the deal, and it now looks likely Diop will remain with the club.

And after Nayef Aguerd limped out of the friendly defeat to Rangers, one has to say that Moyes’ caution has paid off.

The Hammers are continuing to sweat over his fitness, and having another option in defence makes sense.

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Had Diop been allowed to leave earlier this summer, the centre-back options would now be Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma and the still-recovering Angelo Ogbonna.

Having five centre-backs may look like overkill from the outside, but it has paid off just in case Aguerd is injured, and is going to miss that opening weekend clash with Manchester City.

Sometimes having a bit of a dither pays off!

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Diop decision ages superbly

  1. Well ‘a bit of dithering paid off’ is generous praise, it just would have sat better if his initial judgement of a 25 year old international centre back had not been to offload. Yes well done for the change of mind though.

  2. Possibly right Dave, personally am not sure it was dithering more that just like getting players in the chairmen are equally poor at getting them out, further confirmation that they don’t have the first clue about deal making, how many players have we sold at a loss ?

    Am also a bit concerned as to the players confidence knowing he could have been sold but instead standing in until another player is fit again, hopefully it does work out and Diop discovers the form he had when he first joined us, he has all the physical assetts to be a top player, whether for us or someone else.

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