The French international is now in good form at Charlton Athletic.
Alou Diarra is a player with bags of experience across the continent but his time in English football has always been a struggle.
Regardless of his problems in England the West Ham flop was a big hit in France with Bordeaux and Marseille. He also has 44 caps to his name for Les Bleus.
With that in mind Charlton Athletic made the move for the player recently. He signed on a free transfer in February, signing a deal until the end of the season.
Now he has been talking about that time at West Ham. In quotes from the official Charlton programme, as shared by Eurosport UK, he said:
"My first experience in England was frustrating because I didn't play many games at West Ham.
“They played a lot of long balls but for me that is too easy. I've always played hard stuff. I like to get into position with pressure.
“But that's in the past for me now.
"I didn't learn anything during my two years at West Ham. I've learned more in the last month at Charlton because we try to play football. We try to keep possession and win every game and for me that is football.”
At the weekend he scored his first goal in English football, against West Ham’s biggest rivals Millwall.
Charlton lost that game but he is clearly enjoying his time with The Addicks much more than his ill-fated spell at Upton Park.
His comments about Allardyce certainly come at an interesting time. The West Ham boss’ future at the club is currently in doubt, as the fans lose patience with his style of play and selection policy.
So to hear that a player of Diarra’s ilk feels Charlton do it better than the Hammers adds more fuel to the ammo.