When David Moyes returned as West Ham manager for the 2nd time he must have been all too aware of the legendary Hammers new signing injury curse, so as a person known for carrying out his due diligence to 'crime scene investigation' levels it should have come as no surprise when his marquee signing Nayef Aguerd promptly got injured in his first game for the club.
Moyes and head of recruitment Rob Newman were possibly in denial regarding the 'Hammers curse', well they are aware of it now in a big way as their centre back options are disappearing faster than a Millennium Falcon being pursued by a death star!
Fans are angry that Issa Diop effectively 'downed tools' in order to force a move through to Fulham, but it should be remembered that Diop was firmly on the for sale list until Nayef Aguerd's unfortunate injury, furthermore Diop was constantly 'dissed' with regards to being selected for the first team, only being called upon in emergencies. When Diop did actually get to play he performed as admirably AS ANY PLAYER WHO RARELY GETS ANY PLANNED GAME TIME!
So why would Diop want to stay at the club knowing full well that his starting position in the pecking order would drop like a stone once Aguerd, Dawson and Ogbonna return from their respective injuries? Please don't bang the loyalty drum regarding Diop, he could have handled the situation more diplomatically but at the end of the day moving to Fulham was the right move for HIM, loyalty to one club being a trait of a 'Noble' past.
Those who have been bemoaning how the club haven't brought in a new additional centre back are forgetting that who ever signs will be aware of 'Moyes's Boys syndrome' and would probably seek assurances regarding game time ahead of ANY move other than that of a short term loan.
The club are currently linked with a plethora of centre backs, the most intriguing of which is Marseille's Croatian centre back Duje Ćaleta-Car. Ironically had Nikola Vlasic remained at the club it might have aided the recruitment of Ćaleta-Car, it remains to be seen if Vlasic's feed back from his time at the club was positive or negative, however most feel it will be the latter of the two.
Perhaps it is time for David Moyes to do a 'factory reset' regarding new players, after all he IS at a big club now, really! - Ed