West Ham are in deep relegation trouble under new-new manager David Moyes after Manuel Pellegrini was fired but there are signs they can save themselves, so why don’t we reveal a ranking of how they’ve performed?
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Below we give each West Ham player a grade, ranking and group them together based on their season(s) so far.
If a West Ham player is listed in this ranking it is because they’ve played in more than five games in all competitions.
Lukasz Fabianski: At the start of the season he was the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and his untimely injury hit the Hammers hard. Roberto came in and had a shocker and West Ham’s entire defense looks more settled when Fabianski is in goal.
Michal Antonio: Runs himself into the ground each and every time he steps on the pitch. His pace is electrifying and he is better out wide but can be really effectively centrally, especially away from home. When he’s fit, which has been less often than he’d like, he has to start.
Robert Snodgrass: Adds quality on the ball and has come up with some big goals in recent weeks to drag them away from the relegation zone. Moyes trusts him and Snodgrass has the experience and composure they need.
Declan Rice: Now, we all know he is extremely talented but am I the only one who expected a little more from Rice this season? He has had an okay season but has looked a little shaky in possession and hasn’t been as dominant as the 2018-19 campaign. Rice, 21, is still wanted by several of the Premier League’s top teams for a reason and he’s a fine holding midfielder.
Sebastien Haller: What a strange season for Haller. Scored some cracking goals along the way after his club-record arrival from Eintracht Frankfurt but he’s suffered from the West Ham new striker curse. How many have they bought over the years!? Haller has quality and he’s still adapting to the Premier League and if Moyes can tell his wingers to keep whipping balls into the box, he will get plenty more goals. Hold up play needs improving as he often gets isolated.
Issa Diop: Not a vintage campaign for any of West Ham’s defenders but Diop has had some really good games. He’s also had a few awful outings. He is still young and has time to develop and he’s been linked with a move to Arsenal and others. A solid 7/10 center back and not much between him, Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbeuna.
Felipe Anderson: Just a really poor season. He has some much quality on the ball but doesn’t see much of the ball. Anderson drifts in and out of games and isn’t the kind of player you can rely on in a relegation scrap. In a very good team he would flourish but he’s never really taken to life in the Premier League.
Roberto: An absolutely shocking spell which pretty much cost Pellegrini his job. Roberto came in for the injured Fabianski and made so many basic errors. David Martin replaced him and he was loaned out to Alaves in January.
Manuel Lanzini: To see Lanzini struggling like this is really sad. We all remember the Argentine playmaker ripping it up at Upton Park but the host of serious injuries he has suffered has really taken a toll. Has the magic pass, shot or flick to unlock a defense but so often not able to influence a game.