It’s now time to analyse player performance in the wake of Friday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Leicester City at The London Stadium, on a night where the performance improved drastically from recent weeks.
Joe Hart: 6/10
It would be a very quiet Friday night indeed for the England shot-stopper as he had very little to do throughout the 90 minutes in Stratford, as the visitors only registered one shot on target aside from their opening goal.
With regards to his role in The Foxes taking the lead on eight minutes, Hart was rooted to the spot as Marc Albrighton slid the ball home with a delightful finish, there was nothing that he could have done, but will be hoping for a clean sheet on Wednesday night.
Pablo Zabaleta: 6/10
Much like his counterpart between the sticks, the Argentine endured a relatively uneventful evening in defence, being involved in little notable action.
Zabaleta was solid in defence and provided support to attacks down the right flank, as usual, however, perhaps lacked the sharpness and cutting edge that he had displayed for most of this campaign.
Winston Reid: 6/10
Captaining the side in midfielder Mark Noble’s absence, the Kiwi played a central role in what was a less than impressive display from the back four, who looked a little shaky as a whole when Claude Puel’s men came forward.
Although Reid won many an aerial battle and looked a threat from attacking corners, he was beaten on more than one occasions and will be looking to tighten up for the trip to Liverpool in two days’ time.
Angelo Ogbonna: 6/10
Keeping his place at centre-half in the wake of Jose Fonte’s Foot injury, it would be an evening to forget for many reasons for the Italian, whose showings must improve rapidly.
The defender played a major role in the visitors seizing an early advantage, letting Jamie Vardy’s delivery run through his legs and on to Albrighton to finish well, regrettably costing us two points in the end.
Aaron Cresswell: 5/10
Much like his showings of late, Cresswell put in another sub-par performance that underwhelmed many at The London Stadium, continuing to look a shadow of the players he was in his first couple of seasons in East London.
The left-back’s delivery was of a low quality yet again and his link-up play with Arthur Masuaku ahead of him was far from being special either, in a World Cup year, his form will need to improve a hell of a lot over to Festive period to catch Gareth Southgate’s attention once again.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 8/10
Off the back of missing chance after chance at Vicarage Road last Sunday, the Senegal Skipper would win fans back over with a superb display that was far more like the player we all know he is.
Aside from rising to head home a Manuel Lanzini corner on the stroke of half-time, Kouyate was solid with his defensive duties, strong in midfield and helpful when it came to attacking on the evening he became The London Stadium’s joint-top scorer with Lanzini on six goals.
Pedro Obiang: 7/10
Much like his Senegalese teammate, it would be a much more pleasant night for the Spaniard than last weekend, as he put in a far-improved showing in the centre of midfield.
With so much Competition for places in his area of the pitch, Obiang has surely held off the suggestion of being dropped for one more game at least, displaying a superb range of passes and holding up possession nicely when needed.
Marko Arnautovic: 9/10
Onto yet another man whose play has improved dramatically since the arrival of David Moyes in the Austrian club-record signing who managed to pick up Man of the Match in FNF’s draw.
Arnautovic filled in all the gaps that had been missing in his game this campaign, including tracking-back, working hard, showing strength in duels and last but not least crossing, whilst showing that he still has a lot more to offer in a West Ham United Shirt.
Manuel Lanzini: 8/10
Playing in his preferred role of No10 just behind an only striker, the Argentina International was the sole proprietor of most of the hosts’ attacking play, assisting Kouyate’s equaliser with an excellent corner just before the break.
In a proactive first period, Lanzini also tested Kasper Schmeichel with an angled-in free-kick and teed up Ogbonna for a threatening header from a similar position, he will be hoping that his creative play can yield more goals on Wednesday night.
Arthur Masuaku: 7/10
Featuring on the left side of midfield for the first time in Claret & Blue, the Frenchman showed all the characteristics of an out and out winger after previously making all of his Hammers starts in the left-back role.
Despite this, Masuaku’s performance was far from perfect which served as evidence that he will need to get used to playing in attack a little bit more over the coming weeks, but as Michail Antonio returns, he might have to give his place back up.
Andy Carroll: 7/10
Needing to prove a point to fans having gone dangerously close receiving his second red card of the campaign in Hertfordshire last week, the former Three Lions forward did that very thing.
Carroll couldn’t be seen to lose any aerial duel that he had to face, managing to keep his elbows to himself most of the time too, however, the goals are still missing from his play, and much like Masuaku, could be dropped when other players come back.
Andre Ayew: 7/10
Making his return from illness as a 69th-minute substitute for Arnautovic, the Ghanaian’s tenure on the pitch was not dull, to say the least about it.
Coming the closest either team did to scoring in the second period with a spectacular overhead kick, Ayew was also criticised for diving slightly earlier after claiming a penalty from a tame Harry Maguire challenge, no doubt he will return to the starting Xl at Goodison Park.
Diafra Sakho: 6/10
Not entering the pitch until deep into added time as a replacement for Masuaku, the Senegalese forward would have been disappointed with the lack of game time he received.
But, he has certainly been given a fresh opportunity to impress under the new Gaffer Moyes, one that he must try to seize whenever he can in the weeks that lay ahead.
So, now that every single featuring Squad member has been well and truly rated after Friday night’s Stratford draw with City, will they be able to rack up higher numbers on Wednesday evening? With a tough visit to Merseyside on the agenda.