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Issa Diop was David Moyes’ true hero when West Ham beat Sheffield United 3-0 on Monday night.
The French central half returned to the Hammers starting lineup in a Premier League game for the first time since december for the visit of the Blades threatened by the relegation of Chris Wilder.
Moyes did not have his favorite Angelo Ogbonna after the Italian high ankle sprain during last Tuesday’s FA Cup loss to Manchester United.
Should Moyes name an unchanged defense against Spurs?
Yeah keep the same bottom line
No, go back to a 4 person line
Diop had aroused the concern of a concussion at Old Trafford after a head butt with Anthony Martial, but was passed in form to face Sheffield United after showing no signs of injury.
West Ham would have been delighted to have had Diop on the side Monday night, as the 24-year-old showed a sure display on his return to action, in what was only his fourth start in the highest category it’s from the season.
the Valued at £ 18 million The Titan, linked to a Deadline Day move to Liverpool earlier in the month, also headed home on the Hammers’ second of the night with an excellent connection to Aaron Cresswell’s free kick within a quarter of an hour of the night. second half.
Declan Rice had opened the scoring with a perfectly placed penalty minutes before halftime, and showed great leadership to propel the Irons forward with a commanding display in the engine room.
The England international is gaining ground in the role of captain with Mark Noble often taking a seat on the bench in what could be West Ham’s final year at London Stadium.
And yet it was Diop, not Rice, who was Moyes’s true hero against Sheffield United, having stepped in to replace Ogbonna, whom the Hammers boss describes as a “great” and “really important” player, and he was rarely wrong.
Diop listened to all of Craig Dawson’s advice and the bench passed by to give the impression that he has been playing regularly this season, even though the Blades’ visit to the London stadium was his alone. second exit along with Watford’s loan after 30 minutes at Manchester United.
Apart from half an hour at Old Trafford, Wilder’s team also represented the first top flight opponent Diop has faced since December 16, having been an unused substitute at West Ham. Previous 10 Premier League games.
However the £ 67,000 per week Titan eclipsed Dawson and Aaron Cresswell in Moyes’ last three, with Diop delivering two joint successful tackles with Ben Johnson but with a 100% hit rate, according to Who scored, with Sheffield United also unable to haggle the French.
Diop also offered a joint game of four clearances with Vladimir Coufal and John Egan of the Blades, to match Ogbonna’s average of 4.4 a game this quarter.
Moyes further saw Diop win 71% of their duels successfully in four of six ground contests and one of one in the air, while Dawson and Cresswell each won only one three and two respective contests on the ground, by SofaScore.
Diop’s efforts should more than ensure that he retains his place in West Ham’s bottom line over Fabian Balbuena by the time the Irons host London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, having filled the Ogbonna void more than adequately.
And in other news, West Ham may not sign a target of £ 1.8kp / w in January as it approaches a pre-contract deal…