Alan Hutton has been wowed by the way Fabian Balbuena has managed to turn his career at West Ham around this season.
The former Aston Villa defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has applauded the Argentinian centre-back for showing the right character to force his way back into the plans at the London Stadium.
As revealed by Football Insider over the summer, David Moyes was prepared to get rid of the 29-year-old after his fall down the pecking order in east London.
When the likes of Angelo Ogbonna were missing for the Irons last season, the Scottish boss chose to use Declan Rice ahead of the Argentine at centre-back.
However, the 2018 signing, who started the first two games of the new season on the bench, has re-established himself among the starting XI with eight consecutive Premier League appearances.
Asked if he was impressed with how Balbuena had managed to turn things around at West Ham, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, of course. I think at the back they have been excellent and he’s one of their rocks if we’re honest.
“There’s always talks of people moving on and it can upset you, it can upset the team but he’s done the right thing, by the looks of it he’s worked hard in training and he’s working hard and games and putting in good performances.
“That’s all you can do as a player, you have to leave everything else outside and just concentrate on what you can do he’s putting in great performances at the moment, the manager’s sticking with him and it doesn’t surprise me that they’re high up the table.”
Balbuena, who cost the Hammers £4million, has played a total of 54 times across all competitions for the east Londoners.
He is into the final year of his contract and will be available to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January.