One of the only disappointments from the 3-0 victory over Hull City was that we didn’t get the chance to give a warm Upton Park welcome to Mohamed Diame. The former Hammer is injured at the moment so was unable to return to the East End of London. Throughout his time at West Ham, Diame lived and dreamed of playing for a big club like Hull. I was hoping to catch a word with him – maybe while he was taking a throw in or something.
Was his move to the mighty Hull the best thing for him? Will he enjoy Champions League football next year? Diame’s desire to get away from West Ham was painfully public with him saying that – while still under contract at West Ham – ‘Joining a club from the top six would be a dream come true’. He followed on to say that at West Ham: ‘people didn’t necessarily give 100 per cent on the field, that’s what got us in trouble.’
In other news, the pot and the kettle have had a chat. Unsurprisingly, these comments opened the door for Diame to make a move to one of English football’s biggest teams and play under the legendary manager Steve Bruce.
It was a move which led to my all-time-favourite tweet from twitter legend and West Ham Co-Chairman David Gold: ‘Mohamed Diame said it was always his aim to play for a team higher up the league table. Good luck at Hull Mohamed. Dg’
Now that is some proper banter. But how has our former midfielder done at Hull? Since signing for the mighty Hull City Tigers, Diame has featured in 13 of their 20 league games. He put in a full 90 minutes for six of those games, but has not played for Hull since December 3, and has since been side-lined with a knee injury which is expected to keep him out of action until the start of next month.
He’s already scored four goals for Hull this season, which is as many as he netted for West Ham in all of last season. But really he’s gone from a club who spent most of the season dancing around the relegation zone to… another club who are spending their season dancing around the relegation zone.
Thank goodness the strip is a vastly different colour, or Diame would be querying whether or not he actually left. After all, if he wanted to play for a top six club, he should have just stayed put. Good luck at Hull indeed, Mohamed.