Can West Ham star Momo Diame play at his peak ALL season?

If Momo Diame plays his best football the entire season, who knows where West Ham might end up?

West Ham United got their Premier League campaign off to an excellent start last weekend, with a comfortable 2-0 victory over newly promoted Cardiff City.

On the day there were several star performers for Big Sam’s Hammers. Kevin Nolan was his usual reliable self, Joe Cole looked to be recapturing some of the natural talent that once made him the first name on England’s team-sheet while Winston Reid was once again solid in defence - but one player who caught my eye had to be midfield dynamo Momo Diame.

Last season, Diame came out the traps like a pedigree greyhound - looking every bit the part, and easily up there as one of the bargains of the season.

Signed from Wigan Athletic for free, in order to do so West Ham had to install some clauses in his deal.

It was those clauses that also saw him linked with several moves away in January - including Arsenal being heavily linked to his signature.

Diame has long been courted by some of the best in Europe. He would have signed for Barcelona instead of Wigan - but he suffers from a heart condition which leaves the big teams wary of making an approach.

But such was the electricity of his first six month performance last term - teams were willing to forego that, and take a risk on his talents.

But, then things just went a bit quiet.

Diame was nowhere near as good as he was at the start of the campaign in the second part of the season. With that no interest was recorded in his services this summer, despite widespread reports of a later denied approach from Everton.

Diame never signed a new deal at West Ham, and still has the £3.5 million release clause that once made him such an attractive prospect.

This season has started well for the player, and while he will never win any awards for technical prowess, his swashbuckling, physical approach can be devastating on its day.

The Hammers fans hope two things when it comes to Momo Diame. One - that he can carry that good form on a consistent level this season, and two - that it doesn’t attract the vultures once again.

Can Momo Diame have his best season yet in 2013-14?

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