West Ham’s creative triangle


Dimi Payet has created the most chances for West Ham with 69 chances followed by skipper Mark Noble at 33 and last year’s hammer of the year Aaron Cresswell. Image courtesy of the Premier League.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

5 comments on “West Ham’s creative triangle

  1. Well, well, comments please pleas all you Noble knockers !

  2. l remain unimpressed.

    1. When we play against the better teams, it is always the case that we play fast counter attacking football and that Nobes with his limited ability and lack of pace becomes a liability. He only “shines” against the poorer teams who sit deep in defence and allow him to rack up “impressive” pass statistics while running around in circles near the centre circle. So if we are to consistently beat the top teams, we are better served by employing other midfielders.

    2. The chart doesnt say how many of those passes are sideways and backwards and negative, and how many are key passes.

    3. As for the chances created, if Song, Oxford and Obiang are afforded the same number of matches as the Golden Boy has had placed at his feet, they will certainly create more chances than he has as they tend to always take the ball forward. Thats a fact.

    No lm not unimpressed at all.

  3. Ahahaha. 😀

    Nice one, Sean! 😉

  4. No one is suggesting that Noble isn’t industrious and doesn’t pass the ball but he is easilly bypassed, he is not quick enough, he loses the ball too often near our 18 yard box then gives away free kicks with poor attempts to regain the ball. I think we could buy someone that is more creative than he is and equally industrious effectively a general, perhaps we even have that player already in Lanzini… I would like to see Obiang in place of Noble when we have a full midfield to choose from.

  5. Can’t stand some of the utter dross I read about Noble week in week out. I watch every game and try to be unbiased and I honestly can’t see what people are getting at. He is not only good against poor teams as suggested above he was fantastic for example city at home and many other big games. When the whole team plays like utter ***, see Newcastle, Watford etc, he and antonio are the only ones who actually seem to care and put effort in.

    Noble is not the box to box flair filled goalscoring midfielder like most of you seem to want, but he’s not Paul ***** Pogba and I’m so sick of seeing every other be exempt of criticism, but any time someone gets past Nobes or he gives the ball away(which more recently has become a rarity), he is not worth it anymore. He is a fantastic captain, real glue of the squad, which is why a few performances where he’s not played we have looked a bit lost.

    Also, second most chances created after Payet for a holding mid isn’t some joke. It is the role of a defensive midfielder to tackle, try to play the ball out and if you cant play it backwards or sideways. The best holding mids in the world have to play backwards or sideways passes if their team isn’t opening themselves up for forward passes. Noble just the scapegoat whenever the team gets lazy.

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