Hammers and the long ball game analysed

It has its place of course but is not really the kind of football we want to see.

There’s was a lot of it under David Moyes and a whole lot more from the long gone Sam Allardyce.

We are talking long ball, hoofball or get it forward fast football – not the Pellegrini way but how has he fared in this area since he arrived.

We have certainly fallen down a league which appears to demonstrate that the very best clubs top clubs just don’t do that . We await the effects of our change in approach!

Here are their statistics on how teams are performing in that area disliked area of the game.


  • Newcastle United – 24.1%
  • Cardiff – 22.9%
  • Huddersfield – 21.6%
  • Watford – 21.4%
  • Brighton – 20.7%
  • Burnley – 18.8%
  • Southampton – 18.2%
  • Crystal Palace – 16.8%
  • Everton – 15.8%
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers – 13.5%
  • West Ham – 13.4%
  • Bournemouth – 12.9%
  • Manchester United – 12.8%
  • Leicester – 11.8%
  • Fulham – 11.7%
  • Tottenham – 11.4%
  • Arsenal – 11.1%
  • Liverpool – 7.8%
  • Chelsea – 6.4%
  • Manchester City – 6.3%

Stats provided by whoscored.com

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2 comments on “Hammers and the long ball game analysed

  1. Ha Ha Rafa top of the long-ball league ( and he’s not even English ). Hands up who wanted him to be our manager.
    Actually, this shows what I’ve always said; that the richest clubs who can afford the best players don’t have to play the long ball so much.
    Bielsa played it a lot at Marseille.

  2. So do the top teams get to the top because they play pretty football, or is it that they can play that way because they have the best players. And does that mean teams with poorer players have to play long ball to survive? Looks like West Ham are going to carry out an interesting experiment this season! Pellegrini has said he won’t change his approach, so assuming he keeps his job we will see if it can be done…..

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