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Cottee: Diame departure is good for West Ham and for him

08:00 03 September 2014

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Our West Ham columnst thinks Mo Diame’s head was turned last season and it is a good thing that he has gone

West Ham United's Mohamed Diame and Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.West Ham United's Mohamed Diame and Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Upton Park, London.

Deadline day and all the excitement and madness it provides has become very much part of the football calendar, though Monday night was a fairly quiet one for the Hammers.

I think the departure of Mo Diame was an inevitable one and a good thing for both him and the club.

When he first came he looked a big, strong, swashbuckling midfielder, but it was clear that last season his head was turned by thoughts of going somewhere else and his performances were affected because of it.

Sam brought in Cheikhou Kouyate earlier in the summer who is a similar style of player and as soon as he settled in, it became clear that Diame was not going to be part of the plan.

Barclays Premier League. West Ham United v Southampton.Barclays Premier League. West Ham United v Southampton.

It is not Man City or Arsenal he has gone to, but Hull City, though you have to say that have splashed the cash in this window and it will be a tough task to go there in a couple of weeks time.

That task has been made even more difficult by Saturday’s poor performance against Southampton. I certainly wasn’t expecting that to happen and the way it happened was unexpected for a Sam Allardyce team.

The entire day was summed up by the Saints second goal. The whole team went to sleep for their short corner and even after that their man was allowed to get in at the near post.

Defending set-plays is all about concentration and if you allow that to drop then you are in trouble, as I was on the golf course on Monday when I lost my concentration.

To let in one goal from a set-piece is sloppy, but for it to happen twice is just unacceptable.

Defeat puts the pressure on the next couple of games. When the fixtures came out I saw us playing Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester United early on and we still have the last two.

Liverpool are playing well and United have just signed the Harlem Globetrotters, so the Hull City game is likely to take on even more significance.

I was at West Ham on Tuesday night and though it was a shame that we went out of the competition, especially for the youngsters who won’t get any more games under that sort of pressure, I was so impressed by the crowd of over 28,000 on the night.

I know a lot of West Ham fans who simply can’t afford the prices to go and watch their team in the Premier League, so gestures like reduced prices for this game are to be applauded when they come along.

Come on you Hammers!

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