I think it is fair to say that all new arrivals, to the Premier League, require a settling in period.
The Premier League is like no other league, it may not be as technical as some of the other top leagues in Europe, but the pace of the game is like no other.
When West Ham United signed the young French defender, Issa Diop, in their summer transfer window splurge, the 21-year-old came with a reputation of being of the best young centre-back talents of his age-group.
In fact, West Ham, as confirmed by the news source, the Daily Mail, West Ham did well to get his signature on a contract, with the likes, according to our reference source, beating the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton, who were all interested in the player.
Now fully settled in at the club and also having gotten used to the Premier League, Diop is starting to show why he interested so many other clubs.
The 21-year-old is strong in the air, his powerful physique will only get better and he’s unlike so many others in his position, confident on the ball.
But, perhaps the best aspect relating to his acquisition is his age.
At just 21-years-old, Diop, providing injuries are kind to him, could be a pivotal part of the Hammers defence for at least the next decade.
My only fear is that he will be so good that the Hammers will have trouble holding on to him if the giants of European football come sniffing around in three or four years’ time.