Clinton Morrison claims West Ham defender Diop isn't the 'same player he was a year ago'
Clinton Morrison has suggested that West Ham defender Issa Diop is “not the same player he was a year ago”.
The 23-year-old has featured in 28 Premier League matches this season, scoring three times in the process.
But the Hammers have looked shaky at the other end of the pitch all season, and have conceded 59 goals – the joint third-highest tally in the division.
And Morrison has suggested that Diop – who was linked with interest from Manchester United last summer, as per Sky Sports – is struggling to recapture his best form for David Moyes’ men.
Speaking on Soccer Saturday (Sky Sports, 12pm, July 11th), he said: “Their [West Ham’s] defending hasn’t been good enough.
“I don’t think Issa Diop is the same player he was a year ago.
“A year ago we were talking about him being linked to Manchester United.
“Him and [Angelo] Ogbonna have been struggling massively.”
Anybody who has watched West Ham recently will tell you that there is some improving to be done at the back.
Moyes’ men just aren’t as stable as they need to be to properly pull themselves away from danger, and it’s inevitable that that’s going to lead to heightened scrutiny of the central defenders.
In Diop’s case, however, that scrutiny appears to be justified.
His total action success rate, for instance, has dropped by 4.5% this term, as per Wyscout, while his pass completion rate has fallen by 2.9%.
Perhaps most tellingly, he is also winning 3.9% fewer defensive duels.
Those numbers are a little worrying, and hint at a player who is in regression.
The sooner he can turn that form around, the better for both him and the Hammers.
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