During the first half of West Ham’s season Mohamed Diame seemed to be in a personal battle for the Hammer of the year award with Winston Reid; his all action performances full of pace, power, dynamism and tenacity were major factors in our ascension up the league.
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These performances culminated with one of the best individual efforts seen at the Boleyn for many a year; when Diame came off the bench at 1-0 down to Chelsea and effectively pummelled the Champions League winners into submission as we came back to win 3-1 with Diame scoring the crucial 2nd and harrying Ashley Cole into the mistake that lead to the third.
Since Diame went off injured against Liverpool a week later (a game we were comfortably seeing out 2-1 till he limped off; and then subsequently contrived to lose) Diame’s return in the 2nd half of this season’s campaign has seen his match winning displays curbed; so is it a matter of finding form and fitness after being out with a lengthy injury? Or has his head been turned by the admiring glances from across the capital during the January window?
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In all honesty it’s probably a bit of both; but with Chelsea around the corner hopefully Diame can reach a similar sort of level as he did in the fixture at the Boleyn to help secure a first double over Chelsea in 10 years.
Diame’s watershed moment came in that game against Chelsea at Upton Park, hopefully his resurgence will coincide with another untouchable performance against the boys from The Bridge.