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Winter break – Every Irons player rated again


Hugh hands out his latest set of marks


Fabianski: Obviously interrupted but steadily coming back to his best not particularly helped of course by dodgy defence 6.5

Martin: Did a decent job at a very tough time 6.


Randolph: Did absolutely nothing wrong and a lot right 7

Fredericks: Never better than average and never sure which Fredericks will turn up 4.5

Zaba: Admirable performer. Rarely let’s anyone down 6.5

Ngakia: Looked a prospect on his only appearance No rating

Diop: Poor season and needs to sharpen up in a big way for remainder of this campaign 4

Balbuena: From a decent first season to a totally inconsistent second – unimpressive in the main 4.5

Ogbonna: Best defender in the team and Hammer of an awful year runner 7.5

Cresswell: Has been returning to his best but more required 6


Rice: Entirely overworked but always giving it his all and another Hammer of Year front runner 8

Noble: Separating his incredible enthusiasm from performance level is always tough 6.5


Anderson: Began to pull some strings behind Haller before getting injured – could make a big difference to end of season 6.5

Lanzini: Bitterly disappointing 2

Snodgrass: Five goals, fine set pieces and huge energy. We’d be a lot worse off without him 7.5

Fornals: Was growing into it before Moyes’ arrival who appears not to trust him – shame 6.5


Soucek: Loved his first appearance and really could become the main man if he continues in that vein No rating

Antonio: Been superb when available and you wonder where we might be had he been all season 9

Yarmolenko: Disappointing and one paced before getting injured again 3

Haller:  Gone right off the boil but a better player when Antonio’s around 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

3 comments on “Winter break – Every Irons player rated again

  1. Sound assessments there, Hugh. Only one I would challenge you on is Zabaleta. He is always enthusiastic, & you can see that he was a very good player – but not now, in my opinion. He is easily beaten, makes bad mistakes & is caught out of position at times.I give him 5 at best.

  2. Overall agree, and yet the team plays at a 3.5. The whole is less than the sum of the parts because we are only as good as our weakest position.
    Agree Fournals has potential and needs playing time as he is still settling into EPL. Two way player, unlike some of the flash that are carried defensively.

  3. Being harsh on Masuaku to just blank him! What has Lanzini done for his 2?

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