Nothing short of abysmal: Three worst West Ham players in Stoke stalemate
COMMENT By Danny Wright
West Ham earned a hard-fought point against Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
Both clubs have struggled to find consistency this season and both managers Slaven Bilic and Mark Hughes are beginning to face strong opposition from their own sets of fans.
Despite the lack of goals, there was still an abundance of goal-mouth action in the Potteries with both goalkeepers earning their wages.
However there was a number of Hammers players that failed to impress and here, Football Insider analyses the three worst performers in the stalemate.
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If there was a player that could have earned West Ham all three point on Saturday, it was Calleri. However his display in front of goal was nothing short of abysmal as he squandered two major chances to put his side ahead. His first came when he blazed the ball high and wide of the target despite having all the time in the world and the second was an inexcusably rash decision to attempt a ‘Rabona’ kick, while in a great goal scoring position. The 23-year-old was easily the worst player on the pitch at the Bet365 and there’s no way the Hammers should be looking to make his loan deal into a permanent one.
Bilic’s switch to a back three has worked quite well, but Collins was not on the same page as Jose Fonte and Winston Reid against the Potters. Playing on the left-side of the back line, the ex-Aston Villa defender made several big mistakes and gifted the ball to the opposition in dangerous positions on a couple of occasions. His tackling wasn’t much better either, as he was caught out diving in to make a tackle when a player of his experience should know that staying on your feet is a better option. Collins shouldn’t be dropped from Bilic’s starting XI next week, but he must do better if the back-three experiment is to work out.
Arthur Masuaku’s performance in the first-half was likely to have earned him a man of the match award. However his fitness let him down in the tie and, according to a reliable journalist, Bilic was forced to take him off as there were doubts about him starting the game. Cresswell entered the fray after the break and straight away Stoke bombed down the 27-year-old’s side of the pitch and almost scored. The home side were on top for the second-half and most of their attacks seemed to target Cresswell, who was playing in the left-wing-back role. It’s no coincidence that Hughes’ men improved once the former Ipswich player was subbed on.
In other West Ham news, here are the player’s ratings in the Stoke draw.