Hull City made two excellent acquisitions on Transer Deadline day with the arrivals of Abel Hernandez from Palermo and Momo Diame from West Ham United. The pair did not waste any time in introducing themselves to the Hull faithful by scoring the two goals that ensure they recently shared points with West Ham in the Premier League.
For Diame in particular it was a poignant debut moment as of course he joined The Tigers from West Ham this summer.
The Senegalese midfielder has in the past been linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United but recently saw his career at The Hammers stall. And he has no doubt that he was not to blame for this being the case. He believes West Ham played him out of position.
In an interview with the Hull Daily Mail, Diame hinted once again how he was unhappy with where Sam Allardyce played him for West Ham - and that he was not a fan of the playing style. He stated:
“When you play against your old team you always want to show them that you were an important player for them. I really enjoyed my first game and I wanted to win this one. We drew and I scored, so I was happy:
“The manager [Steve Bruce] told me I was a great player. The way the team plays football, that’s why I came here. Now with the squad we’ve got, we just need to play more games together and we will get better and better. I’m a midfielder. I just need to play in midfield. I was playing out wide, as a winger, with West Ham and it’s not my position.”
Diame played at the top of a midfield diamond for Hull on Monday night and it is undoubtedly his better position. West Ham often switched him around the park and it seems as though he finally tired of the unsettled dynamic at Upton Park.
Hull paid around £3.5 million and if they play him through the middle that will no doubt soon be seen as a bargain.