In case you haven’t seen Diame’s comments, here’s what he said to a French newspaper:
“Two years ago [before joining West Ham] I wanted to join a team with ambitions.”
“Overall, my season has been okay, although I think it is not up to last season. I started badly, but gradually I got my bearings.”
“Liverpool? I can’t tell you if I will be a Liverpool player next season. But I think my name is still on their wanted list.”
“I don’t hide it, I’m ambitious and I want to join a top 6 side. I am 26 years old and it’s time to take that step.”
Firstly, I think he needs to have a good look at himself before thinking he can waltz into a top six team with the mediocre performances he has put in this season. He seems to have only really shown up in the last few games, coincidentally especially when the Hammers’ matches have been against bigger clubs. Funny how it’s nearing the end of the season and the transfer window – why couldn’t he have shown that effort and desire in all of our games?!
For me, once a player starts speaking out against the club and vocalising the fact that they want out, it’s time for them to go. But I’m not sure a top six club are going to want to take a punt on a player who doesn’t always turn up! For me, Diame has been lazy for a lot of this season and just doesn’t seem interested. Even if Sam Allardyce isn’t playing him in the position he’s accustomed to, he should still be trying his best for the team!
What do you think? Should West Ham be trying to hold on to Diame, or is it time for him to be sold on? Leave a comment or tweet me at @alwaysintune.