West Ham United opened their preparations for the new Premier League campaign with a pre-season fixture against Winterthur at the weekend.
The Hammers actually suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Swiss outfit, but the club’s fans had the chance to see summer signings Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks in action for the first time.
Diop moved to the London Stadium last month, with West Ham smashing their transfer record to sign the Frenchman in a deal which was believed to have been worth £22m.
The 21-year-old played the second 45 minutes of the clash with Winterthur on Sunday, and it would be fair to say that the West Ham fans were pleaded with what they saw.
Diop put in a no-nonsense performance at the heart of the defence, and it is not difficult to miss the Frenchman when considering that he stands at a towering 6ft 4in.
West Ham will continue their pre-season preparations with a clash against Wycombe Wanderers this weekend, and the club’s fans will be hoping to see Diop in action once again.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
I don’t think I saw Issa Diop misplace one forward pass today. That can be a crucial trait for a centre-back.
— West Ham Central (@WestHam_Central) July 8, 2018
So quick too
— calum vango (@calumv89) July 8, 2018
Comfortable and composed on the ball. Looks massive too. Could be an immense signing.
— Terrorhertz (@terrorhertz) July 8, 2018
Stand out performers from that friendly:
— Frankie Levin (@FrankWHUFC) July 8, 2018
Diop is a beast! #whufc
— Jack Davies 父 (@JackEDavies) July 8, 2018
Unlucky from Diop to not score there. Been solid in our defence today. #COYI
— West Ham News/Views (@WHUFC_News_6) July 8, 2018
Issa Diop looks a beast!! Think we goin to like him.@MarcusBrowne14 just oozes quality imo, he has to be in and around the 1st team this season!
— ⚒⚒Tony_COYI⚒⚒ (@Anthony_coyi) July 8, 2018