We are virtually halfway through the season and in total 22 players have appeared in the first team so far this season. To describe David Moyes as Marmite probably does an injustice to that particular jar of black stuff with the problem being for him whether we look at stats or style.
I still remain reluctant to accept that another deal is a great idea. But that is tempered by the arrival of Tim Steidten who appears to have become David Sullivan’s number two and was responsible for bringing in Alvarez and Kudus.
Moyes and Steidten have been seen together before every game during warm-ups smiling and seemingly getting along just fine. If that is the case, then a new deal looks on and will work. Certainly it seems from all I hear behind the scenes, that a new deal is likely so we are very much into lump it or like it territory.
Given that it has been a fine half year for the squad, here is how I believe every Hammer who has played first team football has performed. And there is little doubt that the Steidten picks – confirmed from behind the scenes – are the stars along with Jarrod and Lucas Paqueta.
Areola has had an excellent first season as number one but Fabianski was nearly as good as ever when Areola suffered a wrist injury. It was good to see Fab sign a new deal. Coufal has been outstanding, as has Emerson whereas Cresswell and Johnson have played too few games to judge.
Zouma is excellent at his best but his inability to play two games a week is an issue, and I’ve never been sure about Aguerd. He’s a great passer but prone to mistakes. It’s too early to make a seriously considered judgement about Mavropanos.
Ogbonna was absolutely outstanding against the Gooners and although has had the odd error in previous games, still has stuff to offer. Moving to the midfield and it’s great to see the goals are starting to flow again for Soucek having been moved further forward and Ward-Prowse is very best of Moyes’ buys with his set pieces and midfield aggression.
Alvarez has been a superb replacement for Rice and helps to make things tick along and Paqueta has been absolutely outstanding in terms of creativity and work rate. Kudus was a brilliant buy, and he will be so missed during Afcon but we do still have Bowen who has been magnificent.
Antonio was out-of-form until his injury and there’s very little to be said about Fornals, Cornet, Ings, Benrahma and Mubama.