Issa Diop may find game time even harder to come by at West Ham following the arrival of Kurt Zouma this summer.
It begs the question, should he have forced an exit as his overall value continues to diminish at an alarming rate.
In June 2018, the French colossus arrived in a club-record £22m deal from Toulouse and looked to be a real star of the future, leading to then-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho lauding him as a “monster.”
Ahead of deadline day, the Hammers fielded enquiries for the 24-year-old centre-back from other Premier League teams, according to ExWHUemployee.
Diop was already behind Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna and is now behind Zouma, too.
He’s a player that was once linked with moves to some of the division’s top dogs, including United and Arsenal and fee in the region of £60m was even being mooted.
Fast-forward over a year and now the young defender is struggling to make his presence felt at the London Stadium.
Back in July 2019, Transfermarkt valued Diop at a whopping £31.5m but that has since decreased (48.5%) to just £16.2m under Moyes’ stewardship, and that has largely come down to a lack of game time and perhaps inconsistent performances, though he isn’t getting a proper run out in the side.
Indeed, the 6 foot 4 powerhouse is yet to feature this campaign, being named on the bench for all three of the Irons’ opening league matches and last term, he started only 15 of his 18 appearances – the majority of which towards the end of the season when Ogbonna was out injured.
This drastic drop-off in value isn’t likely to sit well with majority shareholder David Sullivan and the club’s hierarchy, especially if they do look to move him on in the coming windows.
Their chances of recouping much of that £22m appear to be slim if he’s not getting minutes on the pitch and performing, so Diop’s current situation has to be a major cause for concern heading into 2022.