West Ham have endured a tough start to the Premier League season, losing back-to-back matches against Liverpool and Bournemouth.
Manuel Pellegrini has been unable to solve the Hammers’ long-standing defensive woes, with the club now boasting the unwanted record of conceding a whopping 74 goals since the start of last season – far more than any other top-flight side.
The Chilean has selected Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena as his defensive pairing for the opening two matches of the campaign but some fans are now calling for change, as they want Issa Diop to be handed his Premier League debut.
Signed for a whopping £22m in the summer, the 21-year-old has the capability to become a leader at the London Stadium after captaining former side Toulouse and some on social media want him named as a starter for this weekend’s clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
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We have rounded up the best reactions below.
Why is Diop not starting ahead for Balbuena ?
— Lord Irons (COYI) (@Lord_Irons) August 20, 2018
I'm looking at this Balbuena and Ogbonna partnership and I can't quite work out who's the weakest link.
Issa Diop, needs to play.
— Club de West Ham (@ClubdeWestHam) August 18, 2018
How bad was Ogbonna yesterday? So slow. Where is Diop? #whufc
— YEO (@KEITHYEO) August 19, 2018
I'm thinking it's probably time to drop Ogbonna for maybe Diop? and have zab incorporated into a DM role with fredericks on the right. #whufc
— Pubman Jr ⚒ (@PubmanJr) August 19, 2018
Next game masuaku, Ogbonna & Noble out. Diop, Obiang/Rice and cresswell in. That is our best line up #COYI
— ⚒ Marky Perkins ⚒ (@Supagrova1973) August 18, 2018
— Tony Adams (@tadams1967) August 21, 2018
According to the poll I did a few days ago, this is the team you want to see face Arsenal:
Fredericks Balbuena Diop Cresswell
Yarmolenko Obiang Wilshere Anderson
— West Ham News/Views (@WHUFC_News_6) August 20, 2018
Diop should come in at the back against arsenal
— Thomas (@PageyWhu99) August 20, 2018
Balbuena looks very ordinary – not sure why your £22m signing Diop is sat on the bench ??♂️ #whufc
— James Fraser (@jfraser16) August 18, 2018