Alou Diarra seems so anti-West Ham right now anybody would think he was a Millwall fan.
Diarra signed for the club last month for an undisclosed fee from Ligue 1 side Marseille and straight away he didn’t seem to get on with the club, maybe he didn’t do his homework properly.
His bitterness towards the Hammers seems to come from the way he claims he was treated when he first arrived at the club following the European Championship, thrown in at the deep end alongside players that had a full pre-season under their belts.
That’s fair enough but it’s not West Ham’s fault if he wasn’t getting the ratio of games for France at the Euros which meant he would have ultimately arrived at the club in better physical shape.
He also blames the club for an early injury which kept him out of the side during the early part of the season, despite the fact that he’s admitted he brought that injury on himself via extra physical training sessions in the build up the season.
He’s gone on to say he won’t forgive West Ham for the first six months of his career at the club and that he’s looking for a permanent move away from the side in the summer, which could come if Rennes want to switch his current loan deal into a permanent one.
It all sounds a little bit like sour grapes to be honest. Fair enough, he may have been expecting a different introduction into West Ham as a club but it’s not the fault of the Hammers he was selected for France and not their fault that he only signed for the club ten days into August.
Had a deal gone through earlier and had he not been at the Euros, he would have got the same treatment and preparation as the rest of the West Ham squad, which ultimately would have meant he was in better condition come the first game.
He may also have expected to be a first choice player for West Ham having started 28 league games for Marseille the season before. Again, not the club’s fault, that’s a perception of the player.
Sam Allardyce never has been and never will be a manager who puts players into the side because of their profile, he calls it as he sees it and it’s up to the players to make themselves indispensible to his club.
West Ham are not at fault here, it’s just another professional footballer throwing his toys out of the pram because things haven’t gone the way he expected.
Hammers, fans what do you make of Diarra’s attacks on the club?