West Ham compounded the misery on London rivals Tottenham in a hotly-contested derby-day clash at the London Stadium.
Michail Antonio fired the Hammers into a lead after just five minutes, with Jesse Lingard doubling the advantage just after half-time.
One man who impressed the West Ham faithful was centre-back Issa Diop.
The 24-year-old was out of favour earlier in the campaign but has returned with a vengeance to David Moyes’ team.
He starred in the win over Sheffield United last week and was once again colossal this afternoon.
Diop has been at West Ham since 2018 when he signed from Toulouse. He has featured 82 times for the Hammers.
He has been a decent player for the club over the years and did get admiring glances from bigger clubs in the past.
On this showing, however, the Hammers will quickly see him as an integral player due to his solid defending.
Diop earns £67,000-a-week at the London Stadium and after today’s game supporters have raved about his performance.
Here is what the fan base were saying about the superb performance from the enforcer this afternoon.
Solid 1st half. Michail Antonio, what a fucking guy with his 5th goal vs Spurs. Fabianski with 2 good saves. Issa Diop has been brilliant, hopefully he can keep that level of concentration up in the 2nd half 🙏🏽⚒
— Mahfuz🤙🏽 (@MahfuzCOYI16) February 21, 2021
How good has Issa Diop been though what a performance so far
— Niall (@niallv123) February 21, 2021
— Bayern_Jezza (@BayernJezza) February 21, 2021
Issa Diop 😍 unbelievable
— Jacob ⚒ (@Jacobhughes051) February 21, 2021
Issa Diop has had a class first half
— Zac Johnson⚒ (@zacjohnson2000) February 21, 2021
If Issa Diop has another has another half like that in the second half, he’s walking away with the man of the match award.
— ⚒ Jack Himself ⚒ (@jackgambardella) February 21, 2021
1-0 HT. COME. ON. YOU. IRONS ⚒
Issa Diop has been solid.
— Sam (@_Hoggs95) February 21, 2021
Issa Diop has been outstanding in this first half.
— Khaleem Azam (@AzamWHUFC) February 21, 2021
Unsung performance of the afternoon for West Ham has to be Issa Diop – very solid against a top quality opposition attack; even more impressive given his lack of consistent game time in recent months for West Ham. Huge confidence building performance from Diop. Much needed.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) February 21, 2021