Fulham V West Ham – Player Ratings

Lukasz Fabianski: The reigning Hammer of the Year showed no let-up, making an outstanding one-handed save when the scores were level. The Polish international claimed crosses with relative ease, but more excitingly showcased an improvement in distribution. 8/10 

Ben Johnson: A regular feature in pre-season, there are murmurings of the youngster being close to a starting role, and he certainly did his case no harm here. He looked assured on the ball, strong in the air and possessed an engine in getting up and down the flanks. 8/10 

Fabian Balbuena: This was the Paraguayan’s first game back after his Copa America exploits, and there were signs of a little rust. His distribution into the middle of the park was regularly wayward, and he was bypassed a couple of times on the edge of the box. 5/10 

Issa Diop: Barring a missed tackle early in the second half, the Frenchman was imperious, covering both sides with ease. This season could see Diop truly fulfil his potential. 8/10

Aaron Cresswell: Taking the captain’s armband for the day, the full-back looked relatively assured in defence and linked well with Lanzini. His end-product can be improved, but hopefully that will come with time. 7/10 

Declan Rice: After a steady first-half in his usual role, the youngster moved back to CB and still performed well. He coped with Mitrovic well, and looked pretty calm in a new 4-2-3-1 formation. 7/10 

Jack Wilshere: The standout performer in this pre-season, Wilshere again looked bright. Whilst the final ball could be improved, his manoeuvring of the ball and dribbling skills enabled the team to attack in the face of a press, adding a new dimension to our play. 7/10 

Felipe Anderson: After a relatively quiet end to the season, the Brazilian looked sharp in a new role on the right. His movement caused Fulham all sorts of problems, as he roamed across the pitch, and he looks to have gained a yard of pace. 7/10 

Pablo Fornals: After setting Anderson away in the first minute, it looked like it was going to be a sensational debut for the Spaniard, but it was more steady than spectacular. With attacks coming down the wings, his influence was muted, but he did graft more than expected, a vital trait given our abundance of flair players. 6/10   

Manuel Lanzini: After a quiet return to action at the end of last season, Lanzini now looks back up to speed, with his excellent strike capping off an exciting all-round display. Cutting in from the left-flank, the Argentine linked well with all nearby players, and this is undoubtedly his best position if the central role is taken. 8/10 

Sebastian Haller: Like fellow debutant Fornals, this was a quiet afternoon for our record signing. Though he looked strong in the air, he didn’t really get the opportunity to link up with the midfielders, but his afternoon will be remembered for two awful misses in the second half; hopefully that’s his sitters out of the way. 6/10

 

SUBS: 

Arthur Masuaku: The final two months of last season saw Masuaku show a level of consistency that fans weren’t used to, and he again looked bright today. Though there are still defensive frailties, his emphasis on dribbling suits our style more, and will presumably start the game against Man City. 7/10

Pablo Zabaleta: The Argentine provided some smart overlaps for Yarmolenko, and was solid in defence in the short time he played. Remains to be seen where he stands in the pecking order for the right-back position. 6/10

Carlos Sanchez: A new cult hero is born; as he nutmegged opposition players twice, ironic cheers came from the away end, adding to the party atmosphere. Even still, there was a noticeable drop in quality in the change from Rice, with Fulham’s best spell coming at the start of the second half. 5/10 

Andriy Yarmolenko: With Anderson starting on the right, the Ukrainian has a battle on his hands on to force a starting berth, but he didn’t really stake a convincing claim. He did improve as the half wore on, but couldn’t do much with plenty of possession, culminating in a missed sharp chance with the last kick of the game. 5/10

Michail Antonio: The winged looked lean as he come on for the second period, with his development in the past six months being evident to see. He linked well with Masuaku, pulling off an audacious nutmeg to the delight of the travelling fans, and almost got himself on the scoresheet with a well-hit shot. 7/10

Javier Hernandez: Like Haller, the Mexican was quiet, a result of the midfielders taking the limelight. Nothing much to note other than a sublime touch to bring down an aerial ball. 5/10 

Grady Diangana: After a promising start to his career, the youngster’s effectiveness dwindled as he seemed to be outmuscled, but this was a bright cameo. He looked dangerous whenever on the ball, creating opportunities in tight spaces and weaving past opposition players easily. 7/10 

Robert Snodgrass: N/A 

Josh Cullen: N/A 

 

Written By George Lewis

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.