With David Moyes’ West Ham United side heading into Saturday’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace off the back of a highly impressive 4-1 win at Watford last time out, the Hammers boss will have undoubtedly been hoping for more of the same at Selhurst Park this evening.
Despite two late goals from Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise, West Ham just about managed to cling on to all three points against their London rivals, as first-half strikes from Michail Antonio and a brace from Manuel Lanzini were enough to secure a 3-2 win in south London.
However, despite the victory, Moyes’ men simply should not have allowed Palace back into the game, with both Craig Dawson and Issa Diop once again turning in lacklustre displays in the heart of the West Ham backline.
With the January transfer window now open, and with the latter of this defensive duo being linked with a move away from the London Stadium this winter, considering his poor performance at Palace, the former France under-21 international could well have just played his last match for West Ham.
Indeed, over his 90 minutes on the pitch on Saturday, the 24-year-old was not only at fault for both of Palace’s goals, but his metrics were also poor. The £10.8m-rated man enjoying a mere 24 touches of the ball – 13 fewer than Lukasz Fabianski between the West Ham sticks – completing just 13 of his 18 attempted passes and losing possession of the ball on five separate occasions.
The £61k-per-week defender also won just two of his six duels – a failure rate of 66% – conceded two fouls and found his man with just one of his four attempted long balls, with these returns seeing the Frenchman earn a disappointing SofaScore match rating of just 6.4 – the worst of any West Ham starter on the day.
Football.London journalist Tom Clarke also gave Diop a five in his own player ratings, as well as commenting of the centre-back’s performance: “Made some important blocks but was at fault for both Crystal Palace goals and his place could come under pressure if the Hammers bring in another defender during the transfer window.”
As such, with Diop having not previously grabbed the opportunity handed to him in the Hammers’ starting XI during the absence of the stricken Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma, the 24-year-old’s display against Palace will have done little to convince Moyes that Diop is indeed good enough for the Hammers – something which could see the defender on his way out of the club this month.