|Hull: an alien place!
Diame arrived at the Boleyn in 2012 from Wigan in a piece of handy business for West Ham as his contract had expired. He quickly established himself as a major presence in the midfield with his eye catching direct style that delivered some stunning strikes (most memorably against the Gooners and Pensioners).
As a consequence, West Ham were keen to discourage the alleged interest from a variety of clubs that has included Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton, while Diame himself seemed to court such interest in search of a top six team.
|Hull!? Eugghhh, that's outside of London.
And so finally, his time at the Boleyn has ended with a move to the ambitious Hull City Pussycats. Undoubtedly, the gap is softened by the arrival of fellow Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who has already won over many fans with a string of high energy appearances. Moreover, the signing of Alex Song from mighty Barcelona has more than amply substituted for Momo. So, one wonders, how much will West Ham miss the big man?
Firstly, Diame definitely brought a presence to our midfield. Mark Noble is a dynamo but does lack bulk, while Kevin Nolan is in the autumn of his career and at this stage often a yard or two off the pace. Hammers fans will certainly miss Momo's swashbuckling runs from defence into attack. We may miss the amount of possession that he loses as he has a habit of holding on to the ball a little too long and sometimes trying to run straight through the opposition - something that better defences can mostly deal with. In addition, despite his physique, Diame was not quite the physical defensive force one might expect - as evidenced by the comparison with the newly arrived Kouyate. Interestingly, none of his seven goals in 79 appearances have been headed - perhaps surprising for such a big man!
With less and less game time over the recent past, it looked like Diame's career at West Ham had hit a plateau. Time will tell how much we miss Momo - as a significant presence in the Senegal national team set up, it seems likely that he was a part in our recent signings of Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho.
Either way, we wish him well
Except when he play against the Hammers!