Emile Heskey has urged Seny Dieng to resist a move to West Ham United in favour of more regular first team football with Queens Park Rangers.
Reports from The Sun have suggested that the Hammers could be tempted to make a summer move for the goalkeeper as they look to provide competition for places between the sticks, while the same outlet have also reported that Leeds United could be keen.
Dieng has been a virtual ever-present for the Hoops this term after making 39 appearances for Mark Warburton’s side in a campaign that has seen him establish himself as one of the top goalkeepers outside of the top flight.
But while links to the Premier League are always flattering, the former Liverpool and Leicester City has suggested that the 26-year-old should stay in West London where he knows his value.
Speaking to HITC, Heskey said: “Do you back yourself as a player? Or do you stay where you are until you know that you’re in a position to demand (a starting place)?
“If you wait and wait and wait and wait (on the bench at a big club), you end up missing six months to a year where you could have been playing.
“When you’re talking goalkeepers, (Dieng) is fairly young. And when you’ve been a regular all this time, why would you give up that to be at a bigger club, or be on more money?
“Play the games, get the love of it, get more experience, and then you can probably pick and choose which club you go to then.”
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It’s hard to dispute Emile Heskey’s verdict here.
Seny Dieng is undoubtedly a top goalkeeper but with real competition for places at the London Stadium there’s a real question mark over his chances of becoming first choice.
The last thing the 26-year-old wants is to be sat on the bench week in, week out and so this could be a big decision for him.