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Issa Diop (Defender)

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Issa Diop

Toulouse, France
Squad Number: 23
Position: Defender
Born: 9th Jan 1997 (Toulouse, France)
Signed: 19th Jun 2018 (£22,000,000)
Contract: 5 years
Previous Club: Toulouse

 

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 25th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Wasn?EUR(TM)t challenged but what he did show was a comfort in using the ball on the left side of the defence.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 20th November

Did not play.

vs Liverpool

3-2: Saturday, 6th November

Did not play.

vs Genk

2-2: Thursday, 4th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Was all over the place early on, and whilst he recovered, it will be a performance remembered for his shaky and shambolic start.

vs Aston Villa

4-1: Sunday, 31st October

Did not play.

vs Manchester City

0-0: Wednesday, 27th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Remained in control of the penalty area and stepped out a few times to defend well. The better of the two defenders, which would be a little unexpected given the rearguard action.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Sunday, 24th October

Did not play.

vs KRC Genk

3-0: Thursday, 21st October
(Played 90 minutes)

The luck of the players. No one shone too brightly, but a very important block and a well taken goal are enough to have earned him a man of the match from this reporter.

vs Everton

1-0: Sunday, 17th October

Did not play.

vs Brentford

1-2: Sunday, 3rd October

Did not play.

vs Rapid Vienna

2-0: Thursday, 30th September
(Played 90 minutes)

He and Dawson were both clearly far too good to be particularly bothered by their opponents. One iffy moment on a high ball early but otherwise good.

vs Leeds United

2-1: Saturday, 25th September

Did not play.

vs Manchester United

1-0: Wednesday, 22nd September
(Played 90 minutes)

One of the defender?EUR(TM)s better performances. He was wayward maybe once as he stepped forward, but otherwise he was good in the air and strong in the tackle, reacted brilliantly if anyone broke through and looked a man battling for more than just a back up role.

vs Manchester United

1-2: Sunday, 19th September

Did not play.

vs Dinamo Zagreb

2-0: Thursday, 16th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Seemed more authoritative with his front foot defending, which could be down to the trust in his partner. Nothing silly, no lapses, a promising performance.

vs Southampton

0-0: Saturday, 11th September

Did not play.

vs Crystal Palace

2-2: Saturday, 28th August

Did not play.

vs Leicester City

4-1: Monday, 23rd August

Did not play.

vs Newcastle United

4-2: Sunday, 15th August

Did not play.

vs Celtic

6-2: Saturday, 24th July
(Played 85 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Ogbonna, 5) Made one or two excellent tackles and interceptions but was badly positioned at other times and his distribution loose on occasions.

vs Southampton

3-0: Sunday, 23rd May
(Played 0 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Rice, 90) Introduced during injury time so that Rice may take applause from the fans for a wonderful season.

vs West Bromwich Albion

3-1: Wednesday, 19th May
(Played 1 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fornals, 71) Introduced in order to waste a few, precious seconds.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Saturday, 15th May

Did not play.

vs Burnley

2-1: Saturday, 1st May
(Played 90 minutes)

There were moments, maybe a whole half, where the ball being in the air made him fall to pieces. The flatter ones were dealt with, it was the ones in the swirling wind or where he had time to make a decision. It is a weakness everyone can see. But he kept going and as things got scarier, he stood up to it, winning 8 headers to go along with those 12 clearances. The recovery deserves credit.

vs Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 24th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Did fine defensively, a little loose on the ball with his passing although it was good to see him confident enough to dribble around people when under pressure. Couldn?EUR(TM)t add to the attack like Cresswell does in that role, but neither did Ogbonna so it?EUR(TM)s harsh to really criticise him for that.

vs Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 17th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Arguably, this game is entirely different were the referee to blow for the foul on Diop just before he lost the ball in the first goal. It?EUR(TM)s hard to know just how he ends up kicking the ball in. Otherwise, he was shaky but not catastrophic, whilst he took his goal very well.

vs Leicester City

3-2: Sunday, 11th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Did well to adjust to changing positions and didn?EUR(TM)t make any notable mistakes. The ball over the defence to free Bowen for the second was excellent.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

3-2: Monday, 5th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Better aerially than early in the season, which has been notable since his return. But still moments where he follows a man into spaces he doesn?EUR(TM)t need to go or loses position when a smarter defender doesn?EUR(TM)t. He?EUR(TM)s not the liability some label him as, but he does allow more to attackers than Ogbonna or Dawson does.

vs Arsenal

3-3: Saturday, 20th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Lost at sea and no one got hold of him. He was trying to step out to Lacazette but it only pulled him out of position and opened up space where he once was. Never worked for him and the whole left side was a shambles.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Sunday, 14th March
(Played 90 minutes)

He was tested a little more defensively, but he was also the only player in defence or attack who looked to press onto his opponents and take the ball back. Ran out of defence a few times to great success, in particular when his driving run forced McTominay to foul him. Diop is good against fast attacks that play on the deck and it was proven today.

vs Leeds United

2-0: Monday, 8th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Going from strength-to-strength since returning to the team and making a mockery of calls to sell him on the cheap. Long legs get to things they shouldn?EUR(TM)t, in a way not dissimilar to Kouyate.

vs Manchester City

1-2: Saturday, 27th February
(Played 90 minutes)

People know his weakness is in the air, but the blame straight for him after the City opener is harsh. The ball is just perfect and unexpected too. The central defenders, Dawson and Diop, are close together and I think he is just beaten by a very good pass. No shame in it. Where he was wild, a few big fouls or attempts at fouls where he got beaten, was the issue, but he will make those errors with the way he plays as he does step out and look for the ball at times.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Saturday, 20th February
(Played 90 minutes)

His ground defending is his strength, and he always looks his best against teams that play on the deck. But he stood up to the fight today too, especially as crosses flew in. He stepped out to defend on rare occasions, but otherwise was the most active man at the back, making multiple big challenges, clearances and blocks.

vs Sheffield United

3-0: Monday, 15th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Much-maligned, but he stepped up and looked good both on the deck and in the air, the area he is clearly weaker in.

vs Manchester United

0-1: Tuesday, 9th February
(Played 28 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Ogbonna, 17) The 30 minutes he got was actually quite good. He made a few important tackles, blocks and interceptions. Then he smashed his head into Martial and had to go off.

vs Fulham

0-0: Saturday, 6th February

Did not play.

vs Aston Villa

3-1: Wednesday, 3rd February

Did not play.

vs Liverpool

1-3: Sunday, 31st January

Did not play.

vs Crystal Palace

3-2: Tuesday, 26th January

Did not play. Also unused: Manuel Lanzini; Ademipo Odubeko.

vs Doncaster Rovers

4-0: Saturday, 23rd January
(Played 90 minutes)

A couple of silly, rash tackles but otherwise fine.

vs Burnley

1-0: Saturday, 16th January

Did not play.

vs Everton

1-0: Friday, 1st January

Did not play. Other unused subs: Noble, Snodgrass.

vs Southampton

0-0: Tuesday, 29th December

Did not play. Also unused: Mark Noble, Robert Snodgrass.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Saturday, 26th December

Did not play.

vs Chelsea

0-3: Monday, 21st December

Did not play.

vs Crystal Palace

1-1: Tuesday, 15th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked uncomfortable against Benteke, no surprise considering a bit of rust and the Belgian being the exact type of striker Diop struggles with. He was otherwise fine and didn't look a man to be jettisoned.

vs Manchester United

1-3: Saturday, 5th December

Did not play.

vs Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 28th November

Did not play.

vs Sheffield United

1-0: Sunday, 22nd November

Did not play.

vs Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 7th November
(Played 27 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Ogbonna, 63) That he basically went unnoticed is a good sign.

vs Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 31st October

Did not play.

vs Manchester City

1-1: Saturday, 24th October

Did not play.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

3-3: Sunday, 18th October

Did not play.

vs Charlton Athletic

3-0: Tuesday, 15th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Unbothered and barely tested, the scares really came from Balbuena.

vs Newcastle United

0-2: Saturday, 12th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Looked like newcastle knew the weakness and carroll continually peeled off onto him and long balls followed. Diop missed most. There is potential and there are definitely good parts of his game, but someone needs to sort out the basics or he will jump under more long balls for no reason.

Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 26th July

Some good defensive headers were very evident, and the pass to Antonio deserved much better.

Manchester United

1-1: Wednesday, 22nd July

Diop again looked more comfortable defending against a ‘top’ side and their style of play. Looked too good for the Man United attackers and stepped out or defence well on occasion to dominate in the middle.

Watford

3-1: Friday, 17th July

Stood up to the task well, especially as a striker like Deeney is not one Diop usually likes.

Norwich City

4-0: Saturday, 11th July

Pukki got nothing from Issa, who did very well to deftly flick on the corner for Antonio’s first. Easy game.

Burnley

0-1: Wednesday, 8th July

Generally did fine and did look to step out of defence when he could. One pass was exquisite, and he will feel he wasn’t responsible for the deficiencies in the game today.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 4th July

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Chelsea

3-2: Wednesday, 1st July

The penalty was very sloppy defending and could have really let his team down. The kind of thing that he needs to improve on as it wasn’t hugely surprising.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-2: Tuesday, 23rd June

He just looks a worse defender with Balbuena next to him. Again, he was reasonably fine, but never near good.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-2: Saturday, 20th June

Not overly concerned for most of the game, but lost Jimenez by a step and was punished.

Arsenal

0-1: Saturday, 7th March

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Southampton

3-1: Saturday, 29th February

The recovery of his form is a huge relief. He likes defending against runners, Long and Ings are the kind of strikers he excels against. It was comfortable.

Liverpool

2-3: Monday, 24th February

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Manchester City

0-2: Wednesday, 19th February

Gabriel Jesus probably could have had a hat trick, and they all seemed to be down Diop’s channel of the back line.

Brighton & Hove Albion

3-3: Saturday, 1st February

Another game with errors. He’s part of all three goals conceded: the first he seems to duck the corner; the second with Ogbonna was a horrible example of his defensive ineptitude; the third goal he is close to the cross but makes no effort to cut it out. Hero to villain.

Liverpool

0-2: Wednesday, 29th January

In some games, it only takes one mistake to ruin the best laid plans. Diop may feel he had to make the desperate challenge that gave the penalty away, but he made it poorly and gave away the penalty. Looked a little more assured than recent weeks though, he seems to benefit from his confidence in Fabianski behind him.

West Bromwich Albion

0-1: Saturday, 25th January

Looked good in Moyes' new three-man defence and dominated throughout.

Leicester City

1-4: Wednesday, 22nd January

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Everton

1-1: Saturday, 18th January

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Sheffield United

0-1: Friday, 10th January

Did not play.

Gillingham

2-0: Sunday, 5th January

Looked good in Moyes' new three-man defence and dominated throughout.

Bournemouth

4-0: Wednesday, 1st January

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Leicester City

1-2: Saturday, 28th December

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Crystal Palace

1-2: Thursday, 26th December

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Southampton

1-0: Saturday, 14th December

(Replaced Noble) Came on late and won headers when it was needed.

Arsenal

1-3: Saturday, 7th December

Did not play.

Chelsea

1-0: Saturday, 30th November

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-3: Saturday, 23rd November

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Burnley

0-3: Saturday, 9th November

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Newcastle United

2-3: Saturday, 2nd November

The foul for the freekick that led to their opener is the kind of rash thing he keeps doing.

Sheffield United

1-1: Saturday, 26th October

The defence gave away too many simple chances, whilst his booking was a silly tackle. The flick header that led to the equaliser could have been much better.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 19th October

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Crystal Palace

1-2: Saturday, 5th October

Had some sloppy moments combined with good defensive work, but was overshadowed by his partner.

Bournemouth

2-2: Saturday, 28th September

Defence was unorganised and often panicked. Some of his defensive headers were poor and invited pressure.

Oxford United

0-4: Wednesday, 25th September

Dominated physically by Jamie Mackie despite the obvious difference in size.

Manchester United

2-0: Sunday, 22nd September

Some really good moments in the game, but it was a calm one. Can be very thankful for the work of Rice, who covered his big error when Rashford slipped behind him. Generally in control though.

Aston Villa

0-0: Monday, 16th September

Controlled Wesley and made several big challenges.

Norwich City

2-0: Saturday, 31st August

Unchallenged, made it an easy game for himself by being a step ahead of Norwich’s play. Moved out of defence brilliantly on a few occasions.

Newport County

2-0: Tuesday, 27th August

Similar to Balbuena for the most part, but he looked uncomfortable one-on-one with Abraham and again was too easily muscled off the ball, which led to Newport’s best chance.

Watford

3-1: Saturday, 24th August

The centre back pairing came good today. Watford did create openings, but a lot of that was down to just how open things were in the middle. Made some great interceptions.

Brighton & Hove Albion

1-1: Saturday, 17th August

It appears the more blunt the instrument, the more shaken Diop is. Murray’s ability to use physical presence and more classic English centre forward play is the type to put Diop off his stride.

Manchester City

0-5: Saturday, 10th August

Part of a pairing that let in multiple goals through the middle, whilst the penalty was clumsy. All that said, he made an amazing tackle on Sterling at one point that has to been seen to be believed.

Athletico Bilbao

2-2: Saturday, 3rd August

Looked fairly solid throughout and distributed the ball well.

Hertha Berlin

5-3: Wednesday, 31st July

Difficult to look good when part of a suspect defence that's conceded three goals.

Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 27th July

Match notes to follow.

Manchester City

1-4: Wednesday, 17th July

One vital error that led to City's third goal, as he conceded possession cheaply and unnecessary. As you might expect from a youngster.

Watford

4-1: Sunday, 12th May

Much better with Balbuena beside him, possibly allowed to leave the physical work to his partner. A talented defender and footballer, an incredible prospect.

Southampton

3-0: Saturday, 4th May

Strong presence, another game against nippy, skillful players where he looks great.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-0: Saturday, 27th April

Strong presence, another game against nippy, skillful players where he looks great.

Manchester United

1-2: Saturday, 13th April

Strong presence, another game against nippy, skillful players where he looks great.

Chelsea

0-2: Monday, 8th April

Did not play.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 30th March

If you’re tall and strong, you’re going to better Issa Diop in the air.

Huddersfield Town

4-3: Saturday, 16th March

Marked poorly, made poor errors of judgement and was easily outplayed by a striker who had been at Charlton only a couple of months ago.

Cardiff City

0-2: Saturday, 9th March

Some moments where Niasse seemed too easy for him to handle, others where he was the architect of his own downfall. Let’s Hoilett score the first goal.

Cardiff City

0-2: Saturday, 9th March

The Frenchman made a couple of good tackles but should have done more to prevent the first goal.

Newcastle Utd

2-0: Saturday, 2nd March

Formidable, only foot wrong was a challenge late on that got him booked. Multiple interceptions, tackles and blocks that stopped chances.

Manchester City

0-1: Wednesday, 27th February

Strong presence, another game against nippy, skillful players where he looks great.

Fulham

3-1: Friday, 22nd February

Well taken goal, kind of dominance he needs to show attacking corners. Defended well, gave nothing beyond the goal and Mitrovic didn’t bully him.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

The deflection was unfortunate but crucial. He was strong with some blocks and interceptions but nothing special.

Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Didn’t command down the right of the defence with Fredericks, but stood strong in the middle with clearances, blocks and interceptions.

Liverpool

1-1: Monday, 4th February

Played fine, but was outshone by those around him. Doesn’t struggle in these games, it’s the physical teams he dislikes.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-3: Tuesday, 29th January

Bettered by Jimenez and Jota all game. Little he could do for the last goal, but he didn’t make it harder either.

AFC Wimbledon

2-4: Saturday, 26th January

Poor in parts, but may have looked around him at the defence (and goalkeeper) and just lost all hope.

Bournemouth

0-2: Saturday, 19th January

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 12th January

Birmingham City

2-0: Saturday, 5th January

Calm, rarely pushed out of second gear, but part of a defence that did deserve to concede.

Brighton & Hove Albion

2-2: Wednesday, 2nd January

Burnley

0-2: Sunday, 30th December

Southampton

2-1: Thursday, 27th December

Watford

0-2: Saturday, 22nd December

Fulham

2-0: Saturday, 15th December

Crystal Palace

3-2: Saturday, 8th December

Often makes important blocks and tackles, but the two goals conceded were soft in the central defence.

Cardiff City

3-1: Tuesday, 4th December

Newcastle United

3-0: Saturday, 1st December

Imperious at times. Probably could make less overlapping runs into the box. What an intelligent West Ham signing.

Manchester City

0-4: Saturday, 24th November

Probably the best of the defenders, didn’t look overawed, still conceded four.

Huddersfield Town

1-1: Saturday, 10th November

Possibly his least effective performance yet in a West Ham shirt - although the bar has been set extremely high.

Burnley

4-2: Saturday, 3rd November

Another good performance at the heart of the defence, although he switched off momentarily for Burnley's opener.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-3: Wednesday, 31st October

Leicester City

1-1: Saturday, 27th October

A star is born. No wonder PSG are said to be sniffing around with rumours of potential £50m bids.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Saturday, 20th October

Brighton & Hove Albion

0-1: Friday, 5th October

Manchester United

3-1: Saturday, 29th September

Oustanding. Getting to grips nicely with the Premier League and forming a formidiblke partnership with Balbuena.

Macclesfield Town

8-0: Wednesday, 26th September

Chelsea

0-0: Sunday, 23rd September

Nullified Chelsea's attacking intent time and time again. Slowly getting to grips with the demands of the Premier League.

Everton

3-1: Sunday, 16th September

Wolverhampton Wanderers

0-1: Saturday, 1st September

AFC Wimbledon

3-1: Tuesday, 28th August

Did not play.

Arsenal

1-3: Saturday, 25th August

A decent debut but will be rememberered for the shanked clearance and resulting own goal.

Bournemouth

1-2: Saturday, 18th August

Did not play.

Liverpool

0-4: Sunday, 12th August

Did not play.
Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.

Issa Diop did not play for West Ham during this season.