With an international break filled with negativity, let’s go ahead and look with a glass half full approach to every West Ham United squad member that has taken to the pitch.
First things first, the negativity that is surrounding all things West Ham related is warranted. From the players to the Gaffer and even the Director of Football, everything seems a bit out-of-place. However, there is no time like the present to take an optimistic approach to each member of the squad that has played in the EPL so far this season.
The last line of defense
If it wasn’t clear before about how vital Lukasz Fabianski is to the team, it is now. His contributions from in between the pipes have been life-saving so far this season and his ability to command the backline has been top-notch since signing with West Ham.
Remember, this is an optimistic look, not a negative one. Roberto has at times made saves that, to be honest, didn’t look possible. They say that even a broken clock is right twice a day and every fan should be grateful that he has been right on more than a few occasions.
This season has been somewhat of a rebound for Aaron Cresswell and his abilities have been welcomed back. There might still be a battle between who is the better left-back but his abilities on a set-piece have been mighty this season.
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Fabian Balbuena might be in the middle of some second season blues, but his ability around the box during a corner kick for the Hammers has been noticed. The more chances to head the ball in, the better.
The aging Argentinian seems to never want to give up and at least give it a go. Although this is the last season you will see Pablo Zabaleta in Claret and Blue and his legs might be failing, his passion and desire are still very commendable.
Much like for Cresswell, this season for Angelo Ogbonna has been one of redemption. Oggy has without a doubt been the best center back for the Hammers this season and his ability to stare a defender on has come into play more than once this season.
Issa Diop, for only being 22, is playing well above his age. He is still obviously learning the game, but he does it well. Diop’s shown everyone at West Ham that he is willing and able to get dirty and get the ball out of harm’s way. A much-needed trait for the EPL.
This guy might’ve been the steal of the decade as he continues to grow into and EPL right back. Ryan Fredericks has the pace challenge anyone and he isn’t afraid to show it. Every match he gets better and better.
King Arthur as some would proclaim has silenced the haters and naysayers so far this season. From being wanted gone to wanted in Arthur Masuaku has shown the Hammers that he can be more than just a flashy side piece.