Some views on individual player stats

Zabaleta – Struggled with his passes and only completed 57% with 16 from 28

Masuaku – Our highest pass completion rate with 91% of his passes finding a team mate. Added slightly more in attack.

Balbuena – Or best defender again by the stats. Commanded the box in terms of clearance with 9 which was needed with Everton putting in plenty of crosses.

Diop – Another solid performance, adding blocks and tackles to his clearances. Forming a good centre back partnership with Balbuena.

Rice – Superb game, our 2nd highest number of passes completed and a good pass completion of 82%. Also had our best defensive stats behind Balbuena as he played the role perfectly dropping in to the defensive line when he was needed.

Noble – A more advanced role meaning his passing numbers were lower than normal but had more of an influence in attacks with 7 passes in the attacking third.

Obiang – Similar stats and role to Noble although better defensively, worked well as a pair.

Anderson – Great attacking stats with 16 completed passes in the attacking 3rd. But what also gets missed is the work he puts into defending with interceptions and tackles.

Arnautovic – Very effective at what he does without really showing through in the stats, good goal and assist.

Yarmolenko – Involved in plenty of our attacks, 11 passes in attacking third as well as his 2 goals. Doesn’t add much in defence so we need to ensure he is not given too many defensive duties.




By Gonzo

West Ham fan for as long as I can remember. I was flukey enough to watch The Irons beat Bury 10-0 in my first ever game . . . True to form, West Ham then went out and signed their central defender 😬

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