Sam Allardyce says that Mohamed Diame's poor form was the reason he was played in a number of different positions.
Sam Allardyce says that the reason Mohamed Diame wasn't able to play in the central-midfield position at West Ham United was because he didn't perform well enough.
The powerful midfielder, who signed for Hull City on deadline day, took a swipe at the Hammers upon departing Upton Park due to his lack of playing time in his preferred position.
"At West Ham I was shunted around all the different positions," Diame said, earlier in the week.
"I remember one time I had to play as a striker. At least with Hull I will be certain of playing in my favoured role. That was not good for my career."
The words frustrated West Ham fans and staff alike and Allardyce has finally been able to have his say on the matter today.
The manager believes that he simply wasn't able to play the Senegalese man in central-midfield more regularly because of his form.
Diame signed for the Hammers from Wigan back in 2012 and his form displays in his first season in London caught the attention of many of the bigger clubs in the league.
However, he was unable to maintain that high standard for the remainder of his time with the Hammers and Allardyce said that this was the reason he was asked to play in other positions to benefit the team.
"He had two seasons with us. I think that his first season was something we expected him to improve on," Allardyce revealed in a press-conference today.
"He didn't quite go as fas as we expected from thereon unfortunately. So it was good business all round from our point of view because it allowed us to get Morgan in and Mo got what he wanted in the end and that was a move and obviously a bigger contract.
"Mo would have continued to play in central midfield had his performances been as his first season with us. In the end, those performances didn't quite live up to the ones he gave us in the early part of his career here.
"My responsibility is the team and the whole team, not one particular player. If there's a particular position you need to play somebody to find if they can play that little bit better than they did, then you try and do that. That's why I moved Mo around.
"If he wasn't happy with it and he's moved on then that's fine. From my point of view, I have to look after 25 players throughout the season and then select the best team available. Within that, a player picks himself. That's what a player does. And a player drops himself. It's not me, they do it themselves by calculating and keeping track of their performances.
"When their performances don't meet the level you expect then their position is in jeopardy. And if their performances do meet expectations then they stay in the team."
As fate would have it, Diame's first game for Hull could come against his former club.
Allardyce's men take on the Tigers on Monday night and Diame will be hoping to show the Hammers exactly what they were missing by utilising him out of position in the fixture.