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West Ham’s Issa Diop a bright spark amid shambolic display

This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…

West Ham United were simply shambolic against Burnley, as a performance littered with errors saw them lose 3-0.

There was Fabian Balbuena’s shocking touch for their second, as well as Roberto’s calamitous attempt at a punch away from a corner.

The team statistics also show how off the pace they were, having half the shots of Burnley, 7 fewer corners, winning 9 less aerial duels and making 10 fewer dribbles.

While there weren’t many players who could walk away from this performance with their head held high, Issa Diop could.

The Frenchman was the only West Ham player who won more aerial duels than he lost, getting to 4 of the 5 he contested.

He was even more dominant in the tackle, as he won both of those that he attempted, one of three Hammers to be successful in all of their challenges.

In addition, he made 5 interceptions, which was 2 more than anybody else on the pitch, as well as making 3 clearances, with Balbuena and Roberto the only West Ham players to exceed that number.

Who should be partnering Issa Diop?

Angelo Ogbonna

Angelo Ogbonna

Fabian Balbuena

Fabian Balbuena

The big criticism that could be made of his performance was that he gave the ball away too often, completing 72% of his attempted passes.

Considering his defensive solidity compared to the calamitous events that were unfolding around him, this was a decent display from the Frenchman.

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