Let’s analyse player performance after West Ham United’s remarkable away Premier League thrashing of David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as David Moyes made it 200 English Top-Flight wins as a Manager.
Adrian San-Miguel: 7/10
A relatively quiet and successful outing for the Spanish shot-stopper after he resumed his League duties from Joe Hart in the wake of the England man figuring between the sticks for the FA Cup trip to the New Meadow.
Adrian was given little chance by the power and direction of Joe Lolley’s effort to equalise in the 40th minute, though he did save well from new signing and substitute Alex Pritchard’s free-kick in the second period, he has only conceded three in his last three.
Pablo Zabaleta: 8/10
Returning to the side to feature in the right wing-back position, the Argentine enjoyed what will go down as one of the easier afternoons of his long career, largely untroubled in a defensive sense by the hosts.
Zabaleta does like a trip to the Jon Smith’s stadium, the combined scoreline of his last two visits reads 2-9 in the favour of the team he is playing for, albeit the first was with Manchester City, the veteran certainly does enjoy facing the Terriers.
James Collins: 7/10
Drafted in to replace the injured Winston Reid, the seasoned centre-back enjoyed a solid afternoon and much like many of his compatriots, didn’t have an awful lot to deal with within the back five.
However, when called upon, Collins was more than up to the task of dealing with the danger in an appropriate manner and was very much a part an organised Irons defence that offered Huddersfield very little up top play with.
Angelo Ogbonna: 8/10
Had it not been for the heroics of some of the other stars further forward, the Italian defender would have been a contender for Man of the Match after putting in yet another stern display as he continues the form of his time in Claret & Blue.
Ogbonna contributed in both defence and attack, playing the long ball forward that ultimately created Marko Arnautovic’s second-half strike, as well as putting in a series of key tackles, headers and interceptions, he is another example of a much-improved player under Moyes.
Aaron Cresswell: 7/10
Controversially returning to the left centre-half role in favour of youngster Declan Rice after a back injury, the England international silenced his critics by displaying a showing not uncanny of his first season in East London.
Cresswell was able to bring the ball out into midfield on more than one occasion, picking out neat passes and contributing to the attacking causes, whilst doing more than his fair share of defending at the same time, he may be rested in the FA Cup on Tuesday, however.
Arthur Masuaku: 7/10
Figuring in his custom role on the left of the back five, the DR Congo international was a little absent at times and looked somewhat off the pace of the action on occasion.
However, Masuaku did still dazzle fans with several of his trademark runs and dribbling skills, but does just appear to be off the boil in this current run of games, he will be hoping that he can return to the form he was putting on show not so long ago, sooner rather than later.
Cheikhou Kouyate: 8/10
To the right of the three central defensive midfielders, the Senegal Captain recovered from recent under-par performances to redeem himself in the eyes of many with a commanding display in the middle of the park.
Kouyate was heavily involved in the moves for the second, third and fourth gals, assisting Arnautovic for the second and overall, was far surer of himself when passing and moving with the ball at his feet, his rocky period certainly appears to be a thing of the past.
Mark Noble: 9/10
Coming back into the starting Xl in the wake of being rested last weekend, it would be an afternoon to remember for the Captain as he netted his 50th career goal in Yorkshire.
Noble brought up this accolade by receiving an Arnautovic pass and staying composed to place the ball past Jonas Lossl and into the back of the net on 25 minutes, aside from this, the midfielder earned praise for his energetic, gritty and gutsy display.
Pedro Obiang: 7/10
As another improved midfielder, the Spaniard picked out several promising passes and went on a number of impressive runs throughout the affair, linking well with his midfield partners and the attackers.
This was seen clearly in the second period when Obiang exchanged passes with Kouyate and it led directly to Lanzini’s first of the outing, six days rest may have also done him very well indeed after a very busy period of condensed matches earlier on the month.
Manuel Lanzini: 9/10
Featuring in a successful experiment up-front with Arnautovic, the Argentina man scored a brace in a Top-Flight match for the first time in his career and performed excellently in all areas.
While both of Lanzini’s strike were from close-range, they still needed excellent finishes which were delivered by hum, a precise low strike for the first and a well-placed high one for the second, he is positioned well for a strong final few months of the season.
Marko Arnautovic: 10/10
Making it a remarkable four assists and six goals in the space eight League clashes, the Austrian club-record signing carried on his marvellous recent form with another display to savour.
Arnautovic’s strike came within 15 seconds of the start of the second-half, when he skilfully flicked the ball over the head of Tommy Smith to volley home with his left foot, he also assisted all three of the other goals with unflappable pace and strength, he will be hoping that he can continue his electric for over a pivotal run of clashes.
Andre Ayew: 7/10
Coming on in place of Arnautovic with seven minutes remaining, the Ghanaian International rarely saw a touch of the ball as his team looked to see out the affair with their hefty lead.
Like many of the other forwards, Ayew is seeing his opportunities limited by the success of attacking midfielders in very advanced positions, though one would anticipate him starting on Tuesday evening in East London.
Declan Rice: 7/10
Having been surprisingly left out of the starting Xl altogether despite some mighty showings of late, the Irish International starlet was introduced with a mere five minutes remaining at the Kirklees Stadium.
Rice was charged with protecting the defence and keeping the advantage as it was in the latter stages, he did this with ease, looking comfortable anywhere once again, the Claret & Blue Army are excepting to see more of him tomorrow night.
So, now that each featuring Squad member has been rated from one of West Ham’s most promising team performances of the 2017/2018 campaign so far, can the East Londoners rack up yet more high numbers come Tuesday night? When Paul Hurst’s Shrews have paid the London stadium a visit in an FA Cup Third Round Replay.