It probably isn’t easy being a West Ham fan at the moment.
The Hammers have had a rough couple of weeks, with Grady Diangana’s exit to West Brom followed up by a poor 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United in the first Premier League game of the season.
One man who struggled to really get to grips with the Magpies’ front two, was Issa Diop.
The Frenchman looked completely out of sorts at the heart of West Ham’s defence, making no tackles whatsoever and winning just two duels over the course of the 90 minutes – to put that into context, even winger Jarrod Bowen won more.
And after seeing his disappointing display, Hammers fans took to Twitter to share their reactions.
I cannot understand how much he seems to have declined. Looks lost when he has the ball, doesn’t win headers and seems to have no pace at all anymore 😫
— PugBubble (@PugBubble) September 12, 2020
Issa Diop man awful judgment that and like always Ogbonna gets him out of trouble.
— Khaleem Azam (@AzamWHUFC) September 12, 2020
It’s taken too long, but I’m glad fellow west ham fans are finally realising that Issa Diop is awful
— #GSBOUT (@samueljamesd) September 12, 2020
I’ve said it more than once – Issa Diop is not very good. Positioning is terrible!
— Jack (@Jsklen_face) September 12, 2020
A couple of Hammers fans took aim at Diop’s tendency to ball watch and not react to the danger in front of him.
Love how he watched him score then looked at everyone else as if he shouldn’t have been trying to beat him to the ball
— Jerry Hammersley🛠♊🧩🏴 (@HammersleyJerry) September 12, 2020
Professional Ball watcher
— Jamie Thrift (@JamieThrift) September 12, 2020
One supporter meanwhile admitted that the club should have cashed in on the Frenchman – reports last summer suggested Manchester United were evening eyeing the central defender up.
We should have cashed in on him when we had the chance
— 2Dubya ⚒️ #GSBOUT (@CouchPotatoUK) September 12, 2020
Amid reports West Ham are after Burnley centre-back James Tarkowsi, Diop’s performance against Newcastle on Saturday showed exactly why the England international is a wanted man.
The Hammers looked disjointed at the back, with Callum Wilson’s opener being such an easily avoidable one.
Tarkowski may cost big-money, but on the basis of the first game of the season, Moyes desperately needs to bring him in.