Since joining West Ham, Momo DiamÃ© has become something of a cult hero.
A free transfer from Wigan, DiamÃ© can be seen as a diamond picked out of the rough. From his first appearance against Aston Villa, it has been quite evident that he is a special player, a player that has the ability to change matches in our favour. DiamÃ© is a rarity. Strong and powerful, but at the same time amazingly skilful with the ball at his feet, dancing around numerous players to create danger.
Our game against Liverpool showed us just how good he is on the ball, skipping around several challenges to create himself a chance, that if finished, could have been one of the best individual goals of the season. I challenge you to find a player of DiamÃ©’s skill and strength. They are a rare breed, that we would find difficult to replicate if he were to leave.
One performance that must stand out is the second half performance against Chelsea. Apparently fatigued, Allardyce saw fit to omit DiamÃ© from the starting eleven, but place him among the substitutes. An uninspiring first half meant that DiamÃ© was brought in. This would be the game changer.
Two late goals, one from DiamÃ© and one where DiamÃ© put the ball back in a dangerous area to play in Matty Taylor whose rebounded shot would be turned in by Modibo MaÃ¯ga. 3-1 and DiamÃ© had cemented himself as a fans’ favourite. It was therefore very unfortunate that one week later with West Ham leading 2-1 against Liverpool that DiamÃ© would get injured. Final score: 2-3 and a key player out for an extended period.
Well, can we survive without DiamÃ©? Without him, we went through a fairly torrid spell. With him, he has often been the difference. If he does leave, can we find a replacement? There is talk of Jonathan Dos Santos, however he cannot fulfil the role DiamÃ© plays. Without DiamÃ©, the whole way we play would have to be adapted. I fear without him we would lose a lot of imagination, skill and flair, resulting in the dull and dreary long ball up to whichever aerially adept striker is up top next season.
Publicly, DiamÃ© has spoken of his wishes to stay and have a long career at West Ham. Unfortunately, however, the media touted his £3.5 million release clause which has created a fair bit of worry, despite no January offer but I am nervous. DiamÃ© is a player I want in claret and blue next year and pray that he will. He has been a driving force this season that hopefully will stay and maybe become a key figure come the move to the Olympic Stadium.