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Seven games in – every Hammer and manager rated

With the international break boring the living hell out of us all ClaretandHugh has taken the opportunity of rating the Hammers first teamers and managers over the first seven League games.

Here’s how we see em along with the manager.

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Hart: With the exception of Palace, the Hammers have conceded more goals at 13 than any other PL side. However, with four clean sheets from the last five games the keeper looks to be settling a lot better behind a new defensive system. 5

Zabaleta: Barely a wrong foot since he arrived with many believing he should be installed as skipper – our Hammer of the season over the opening period 7

Reid: Injury has again disturbed his season but pretty steady when available 6

Fonte: Finally over the last few games in that three at the back he begins to look like the player Bilic decided to splash £8 million on – way to go but no complaints of late 6

Cresswell: He may be in the England squad but this isn’t the Hammer of former times. Defensively ok but those searing left wing runs and crosses have deserted him 4

Antonio: One of the most whole hearted Hammers ever and always a major threat although again disturbed by injury. Love the boy. 7

Noble: Splits opinion among the fans and there’s no denying the skipper is hanging onto his place by fingernails when everybody fit. The fraility in losing possession and giving away dangerous free kicks is a major worry 4

Obiang: Dogged by injury again but has enjoyed the odd high spot game 5

Kouyate: It’s time for Cheik to show his best form this season – disappointing so far 4

Arnautovic: Too soon to give a sensible rating after a three month absence for a crazy foul leading to a suspension. Excellent in League Cup against Bolton and threatening in League games at times but there needs to be a lot more for £24 million 4

Hernandez: It almost seems unfair to rate the lad as he has been played out of position on most occasions. Two goals at Saints was the big moment but until the manager decides to play to his strengths so hard to rate 5

Carroll: Marmite man…you do or you don’t. He is what he is and it has ensured Bilic is closer to Alllardyce than some would like. Sadly shown little so far 4

Ayew: Possibly the most disappointing £20 million player ever. Nobody understands what he is or supposed to doing -himself included at times it seems 3

Rice: Not seen since one high profile mistake and excellent before that. Needs a recall and an opportunity to regain confidence…did well in League Cup against Bolton

Sakho: Still a threat as shown against Swansea…an assist against Saints and a couple of League Cup goals but not enough game time 6

Fernandez: Injured and a couple of off the bench appearances – little to rate 3

Ogbonna: Inconsistent on his rare appearances and dropped from the three at the back system. 4

Masuaku: Outstanding over the last two games as a left winger with two entirely different crosses for goals…searing pace and skill so how come we spent £24m in that position?

Collins: What you see is what you get with Ginge but whilst steady at the back a bit too much big boot up to Carroll maybe 5

SLAVEN BILIC: The manager remains under pressure and justifiably. The bad habit of playing guys out of position follows him around and there appears to be a lack of energy and pace in the squad which may be down to the fitness regime at the training ground. We have had three changes of formation and some depressing performances. There are more questions than answers about Slaven at the moment. 4

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Seven games in – every Hammer and manager rated

  1. I would give Sakho, Hernandez, Rice and Carroll a point more, for me Rice had he played more games would have been my hammer of the year followed by Zab but as Zab has played more games have to agree there. I would replace Noble with Rice now, they are a similar type of player but Rice reads the game better, is more mobile, can dribble past players, has more pace, the only department for me he is lacking is experience so I would give that to him and let him learn from his mistakes on the pitch.

  2. Noble 4 minus I hope. Players like Ogbonna who have returned from operations, I think we should give a least a 5, as it is very hard to return and go back to playing at your old level straight away. Slaven 4, I won’t even comment how low his mark should be, but zero will do. Zab I am warning to possibly an 8. Rice is young and is only being played sparingly, so it isn’t fair to score him in my opionion. I agree give Sakho, Hernandez and Carroll a point more.

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