Issa Diop didn’t have a look in for months!
The defender played 90 minutes against Crystal Palace back in December, then missed a total of 10 games.
He was on the bench as Angelo Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena, and Craig Dawson were all given the opportunity to play regularly.
Diop was only drafted back in because of Oggies injury!
And today he kept Harry Kane quiet as West Ham beat Spurs 2-1 in a genuinely excellent defensive performance.
He came back in against Sheffield United and scored in the 3-0 win and now he seems to be back to his genuinely imperious best.
With the Irons now firmly in the top four, we will need every piece of squad depth to ensure a decent end to the season.
And it is telling that Diop has bought into Moyes’ methods so much that he has risen from the bench and been genuinely imperious.
Sunday was a prime example of a player proving his worth.
Up against one of the best strikers in world football, he ensured that Kane didn’t have a gilt-edged chance.
It is also worth noting that every single one of our big signings – Coufal, Soucek, Bowen, even Benrahma – have looked every bit the part in recent weeks.
Moyes has got a tune out of every single player in his squad and with big tests to come – Man City next week is huge – the buy-in of the squad is such a promising thing to see.
A top-four finish really isn’t an outlandish idea at all, especially if every player adopts Diop’s mentality!