Player Ratings: The First Eleven Games Of The 2017/2018 Premier League Season (Part Two)

Player Ratings Moore than just a Club

Last time we had a look at how the defensive section of the team has rated in the first quarter of this Premier League campaign, but now, it’s time to look at the midfielders and strikers in depth and see how they have performed in what has been an inconsistent start for many Claret & Blue stars.

Michail Antonio: 6/10

It has mostly been a start of the season to forget for the speedy winger, as he has struggled with everything from injuries to poor form, whilst being scrutinised by fans.

The 2016/2017 Hammer of the Year had only managed to net one Premier league goal so far, that coming in the 1-1 draw at Turf Moor, but perhaps has been most remembered in the last few months for making the mistake that led to Crystal Palace’s 97th minute equaliser at Selhurst Park last month, he will be looking to improve when returning from a hamstring knock.

Sead Haksabanovic: 8/10

The young Montenegrin International, who joined in the summer from Sweden, has only enjoyed a little taste of first-team Football this campaign, starting the Carabao Cup clash with Bolton Wanderers, but has impressed in training with The Seniors.

But, Haksabanovic main highlight has surely been his success with The U23s, who he has helped to challenging for top spot in The Premier league Two Division One early on, the youngster certainly looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

Nathan Holland: 8/10

Making his first-team debut at The London Stadium on the same night that Haksabanovic achieved the same feat, the young former Everton winger has dazzled with Terry Westley’s Development Squad this season.

But, just as fans began to call for his further inclusion in the Senior Squad, he tore his hamstring and has had to undergo surgery this week, Holland will be out for some time and it is unclear whether he will able to return to form when he comes back.

Domingos Quina: 7/10

Spending chunks of the campaign missing with injury so far, the Portuguese Youth international did manage to fit in some action for the first-team in The Carabao Cup, however.

Quina has also impressed, like much of The Development Squad, In The PL2 this season, although missing some games with his aforementioned injury worries, once fully-fit, he will be knocking on David Moyes’ Senior Squad door.

Cheikhou Kouyate: 7/10

Much like many of his teammates, the Senegal Captain has endured niggling injuries that have struck here and there at the beginning, whilst being largely played out of position.

One would feel that Kouyate will be used in midfield by Moyes and this should see his improvements improve from some of those that have been under-par, however, he will have the boost of Qualifying for The World Cup for confidence at the end of The International Break.

Mark Noble: 6/10

In what has been a tricky start to the campaign for the man that lives and breathes West Ham United, he has struggled for any consistent form, being dropped from the starting Xl by Slaven Bilic.

Despite this, Noble has been able to produce some gutsy showings when he has been selected such as his brute display away in The League Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur, he will be hoping for a rebirth under the new Gaffer and his Backroom Team.

Edimilson Fernandes: 6/10

Spending most of the term out injured thus far, a knock that has also affected his International engagements with Switzerland, whilst keeping him out of many key PL clashes.

When he did return, Fernandes struggled slightly to get back into the pace of things but is slowly returning to form, most recently being utilised in the right-wing back role in the absence of suspended right-back Pablo Zabaleta, the young midfielder is set for a big Festive period.

Pedro Obiang: 5/10

Unlike the majority of other midfield stars, the Spaniard’s poor form can’t be put down to injury concerns as Obiang has been a shadow of the player he was last season or the campaign before that.

His poor showings have largely meant a drop to the substitute bench when the Squad is fully fit and when he has had the opportunity to start, his showings have been accompanied by key losses of possession that have cost goals and points, a huge improvement is needed.

Manuel Lanzini: 7/10

The Argentine, who has recently fallen out of favour with his National Team’s selectors, has shown only shades of the kind of form that saw him pick of Player’s Player of the Year last campaign.

Lanzini has only picked up one goal, coming in Bilic’s final game as Hammers Boss, a 1-4 home defeat to Liverpool, but The No10 has had his campaign plagued by injury, making only six League appearances, missing most of August and September, he will hope for a fitter new year.

Marko Arnautovic: 5/10

Becoming the club’s record signing in the summer for around £25 million, the Austrian winger can be considered one of the biggest disappointments of the campaign so far, with a return of zero goals and very few chances created.

In addition, Arnautovic was sent off in only his second competitive Hammers appearance for an inconceivably unnecessary elbow to the neck of Southampton defender Jack Stephens, he has never quite recovered from this and his best days in Claret & Blue are surely in front of him.

Javier Hernandez: 7/10

Joining as the second most expensive new man of the summer, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer has found difficulty in doing that very thing to a certain extent in his first few months as a Hammer and most recently picked up an injury while on International Duty.

But, with little service and often being used on the wing, Chicharito has returned four goals in The League, including a brace at The St Mary’s Stadium in August and is bound to take up a more conventional striker’s role, despite previous frost with Moyes.

Andre Ayew: 7/10

As our leading goal scorer this campaign, the Ghanaian International’s form has picked up dramatically in the last month, after an underwhelming start to the campaign.

Ayew has weighed in with five goals, two of them coming in The League and one in The Cup, the highlight has surely been his wondrous strike at Selhurst Park, beating Julian Speroni from range, his blistering form is expected to continue over the next few weeks.

Andy Carroll: 6/10

Much like Arnautovic, the former England striker’s season has centered around one incident, and that came in the draw away at Burnley, with two flying elbows in the space of two minutes earning him two yellow cards and costing three points.

Aside from that, Carroll is yet to net a single goal in any Competition and has been scrutinised from all angles by fans, however, the one positive surely stands as his lack of injuries in this campaign, if he can stay fit, the positive performances should come back sooner or later.

Diafra Sakho: 6/10

If there was one statement that has summed up the Senegal International striker’s 2017/2018 so far it would be, “well, at least it hasn’t been dull” with controversy aplenty.

Unsuccessfully trying to force a move to France on Deadline Day, Sakho has Qualified for his first World Cup with Senegal and scored a last-minute winner at home to Swansea in The Premier League and has scored two other goals in between, the forward could well leave in January and is unlikely to see much game time before then.

So, now that every single player to feature even a minute for the first-team over the first quarter of this campaign has been rated, do you agree with our scoring of David Moyes’ Squad?

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.