Who is our West Ham average ratings winner?
PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:41 01 June 2017
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Only three Hammers avearged over seven in a rollercoaster season
It is perhaps indicative of how tough this season has been for West Ham when you study the average ratings for the players throughout the campaign.
Last term, there were 12 players who rated over seven out of 10 over what was a remarkable final campaign at Upton Park as the team finished in seventh place.
This time round, the first at the London Stadium, only three players managed that feat and one of them is no longer at the club.
The winner and by some considerable distance is Spanish midfield man Pedro Obiang.
The holding player, struggled to get into manager Slaven Bilic’s plans in his first season at the club, but this time round he was an integral part of the starting line-up.
He collected four man of the match awards, only placing him fourth on the list, but it was his consistency that was the real key.
His tackling was phenomenal and statistically he was the top tackler in the European top divisions last season.
He was a deserved winner, while in second place was Andy Carroll.
There is no doubt that when he plays, the Giant Geordie had a huge impact on the game and perhaps this season in particular he was effective as we have seen him in claret and blue.
His marks were high in most of the games he played, with two nines and just one five in his tally.
We may want to forget him, but Dimitri Payet did have some good games before his mutiny at West Ham.
His goals against Accrington and Middlesbrough, plus assists like the ‘rabona’ against Watford made him stand out when he could be bothered to turn up.
Of the rest, perhaps there is a little surprise that Hammer of the Year Michail Antonio and influential midfielder Manuel Lanzini do not appear.
Antonio only just missed out, finishing with an average of 6.94, but he started with a 5 against Chelsea, playing right-back, while there was an ineffective period when he scored 6,5,6,6,5 in consecutive games to bring his average down.
He did collect five man of the match awards though.
Lanzini was another who had a bad run during the middle of the season as West Ham found the going tough.
He finished the season superbly of course, but a run of four fives in six consecutive games proved his Achilles heel.
As for the wooden spoon, it was always going to be a battle between Gokhan Tore and Simone Zaza and after the Italian had a decent game at Crystal Palace, the award went to Tore.
The full list is as follows:
1st: Pedro Obiang 7.46, 2nd: Andy Carroll 7.11, 3rd Dimitri Payet 7.05
The rest: Antonio 6.94; Randolph 6.91; Reid 6.9; Sakho 6.75; Ayew 6.71; Lanzini 6.6; Kouyate 6.59; Fernandes 6.57; Adrian 6.56; Collins 6.53; Byram 6.41; Noble 6.37; Ogbonna; Cresswell 6.30; Feghouli 6.24; Fonte 6.13; Fletcher 6.1; Masuaku 5.93; Snodgrass 5.77; Nordtveit 5.64; Calleri 5.57; Arbeloa 5.5; Valencia 5.33; Zaza 5.2; Gokhan Tore 5.
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