There has been constant speculation surrounding Mohamed Diame and his future at West Ham since day one of the January transfer window, which must be tiring for West Ham as a club and the fans alike. So I ask myself is Diame that important to West Ham and what will happen to the club if Diame is to leave in the summer?
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So the first question is, how important is Diame to West Ham? The fact of the matter is Diame has been outstanding for West Ham so far this season and the fact results haven’t been going our way since he has been out with an injury and I think that this speaks volumes, or is it due to the lack of depth to the current West Ham squad? With Jack Collison and Ricardo Vaz Te all coming back from injury and Joe Cole signing for West Ham this has helped fill the void left by Diame.
With Diame back from injury and the squad starting to rid itself of its early season injury crisis the midfield is now looking stronger. To me as a West Ham fan I rate Diame highly and he was quickly becoming a West Ham favourite within his first season. I would have to say yes at this current moment in time Diame is important to West Ham’s first team and to lose him would have a detrimental effect on the current squad.
However, West Ham as a club are not strangers to losing highly rated players and when, and if Diame leaves, West Ham will cope and will continue. There is no player bigger than West Ham and there never will be, players will come and go as they always have. It would be a real shame if he were to leave West Ham but I am sure that Sam Allardyce, David Gold and David Sullivan have got something in the pipeline if that were to happen and West Ham fans have to trust the clubs management even if fans don’t agree with the decisions that are being made at the time. So my answer to what will happen if Diame leaves is that West Ham will continue as they always have done, fans will get over it and there will be a new hero for the fans to chant about and idolise.
I think the most frustrating part of this saga is the fact it has continued all through the January transfer window. There have been rumours linking Diame with other clubs such as Arsenal, QPR and Aston Villa. The fact that Diame’s agent is a close personal friend of current QPR manager Harry Redknapp has been a constant frustration to Hammer fans and the rumours emerging on the last day of the January transfer window that Diame’s agent has told him to hand in a transfer request – whether this is true or not it is tainting Mohamed Diame’s time as a West Ham player.
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The fact Diame came out and said that he doesn’t want to leave West Ham and he is happy at the club and happy playing for the team should put an end to the speculation, but still the new contract offered to Diame remains unsigned which makes me feel that even though he hasn’t left in the January transfer window he is more than likely leaving in the summer.
My time as a West Ham fan has seen many comings and goings from top players, this is no different. I hope Diame sees the light and sees that he is good for West Ham and that West Ham are good for him and his career. But the fact still remains that players want to play for top clubs and if Arsenal can offer him Champions League football who are we to stop him going if it’s progression for him? But if he moves to a team such as Aston Villa or QPR the move is powered by money and that is the sad side to football that it drives players to leave their current clubs. This is where players have to have the right kind of management team and unfortunately I fear Diame has the wrong kind.
Whatever happens Diame is an extremely talented player and a player I will always admire whether it’s in a West Ham shirt or not.
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