Chelsea signing this rock-solid West Ham star for £40m would make them impenetrable

Share

Why signing Diop would be a move in the right direction by Chelsea

A report from the Daily Express suggests that Chelsea are readying a £40million January move for West Ham defender Issa Diop.

The 22-year-old centre-back has emerged as one of the top priorities for the Blues, as manager Frank Lampard looks keen on strengthening his side’s defensive options now that their transfer ban is lifted.

Chelsea, who have relied mostly on the youth this season, leaving out the side’s old guards, have done a decent job so far, with the club staying fourth in the league and 8 points short of defending champions Manchester City.

Issa Diop of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match against Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium on August 17, 2019, in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Getty Images)

The London-based outfit had a good start to the season, with the centre-back pairing of academy graduate Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma looking solid at the back, which saw them lose just 2 of their first 12 matches.

However, the side has undergone some slip-ups in recent times, losing 5 of their last 9 league outings, raising questions regarding the team’s defensive capabilities.

A highly-rated defender, Diop, has been impressive, despite his side’s poor show this season under former boss Manuel Pellegrini. He has featured in 15 matches for the Hammers and kept 3 clean sheets so far.

After arriving from French side Toulouse in the summer of 2018, Diop did not take much time to adjust to the new conditions in England as he established himself as a regular in the Hammers unit, making 33 league appearances.

Academy graduate and centre-back Fikayo Tomori has been impressive this season for Chelsea. (Getty Images)

Despite it being his debut season, Diop looked a composed figure at the back of a Hammers defence and registered 7 clean sheets in a season which saw them finish 10th in the league.

At 6ft 4in, Diop is a giant presence in the West Ham back-four and makes good use of his physique to dispossess opponents. His average of 4.7 clearances and 2.1 tackles per league game last season speaks volumes about his good tackling and interception skills. (Stats courtesy: Whoscored).

Thus, the young Frenchman would be a great addition to a Chelsea side that has 4 defenders in its ranks, which includes the likes of the experienced Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen other than Tomori and Zouma.

Read more:

Rudiger had been out for a long time due to injury and has recently returned to action. However, he is yet to hit top form. Christensen has fallen down the pecking order under Lampard and has made just 8 league appearances this season.

Verdict

Having failed to dig into the market in the summer, Chelsea and Lampard now have an excellent opportunity to bolster their squad.

Moreover, relying too much on youngsters like Tomori is not a viable option for Chelsea in the long run. Thus, Chelsea making a move for the young but established defender like Diop seems like a step in the right direction.

Siddharth Suresh

Hello folks, I am an avid football follower who likes to read, report and play the world's most beautiful game. My other hobbies include writing poetry, traveling and exploring new cultures. Follow me on Facebook

Recent Posts

Done deal: Rangers sign 23-year-old forward on a pre-contract agreement

Rangers sign Scott Wright from Aberdeen on a pre-contract deal According to Sky Sports, Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers have completed…

44 mins ago

Middlesbrough eye a raid on Aston Villa for 29-year-old midfield star

Middlesbrough keen on Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane According to Teamtalk (h/t Hartlepool Mail), EFL Championship outfit Middlesbrough are eyeing…

6 days ago

Rangers join Premier League giants in the race for 19-year-old rising starlet

Rangers to battle Tottenham for Kyle Joseph According to The Sun (h/t The Scotsman), Rangers have joined Premier League side…

2 weeks ago

The Benefits of Football Betting Online

If you are thinking about doing your football betting Singapore online there are numerous sites that you can do this…

2 weeks ago

Rangers set to rival Celtic for the signing of 21-year-old League One ace

Rangers set to battle Celtic for Charlton Athletic starlet Alfie Doughty According to The Athletic (subscription required), Scottish giants Rangers…

4 weeks ago

Celtic’s stance on the future of 22-year-old star revealed amidst Serie A interest

Celtic will reject AC Milan advances for Odsonne Edouard in January According to the Daily Record, Scottish champions Celtic will…

4 weeks ago