West Ham player ratings v Stoke: Trio are 5/10
By Danny Wright
Football Insider rates the West Ham players for their performances in the 0-0 draw with Stoke at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
Adrian 8 – The goalkeeper had a quiet first-half but made a series of brilliant saves from Joe Allen, Saido Berahino and Marko Arnautovic after the break. Darren Randolph has no chance of getting back into the first team if Adrian plays like this each week.
Jose Fonte 7 – The January signing had his best game since signing for the Hammers. He was a demanding presence in the air and was always first to every loose ball inside his box.
James Collins 5 – It wasn’t Collins’ best defensive display in the claret and blue and had to be backed up by his two partners for most of the game. He gifted the ball to Stoke on a couple of occasions but was lucky that his defensive teammates put in a top shift.
Winston Reid 8 – Made a brilliant block in the first half to deny Berahino of scoring his first goal for Stoke and continued to look calm and composed throughout. Reid and Fonte were on the same wavelength throughout the game.
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Edimilson Fernandes 6 – The midfielder failed to offer anything to his side except a few decent passes in the first 45 minutes. He’s one of a number of players who’s place at the club should be called into question in the summer.
Arthur Masuaku 7 – The 23-year-old, who was taken off at half-time, always looked sharp at the back and got forward well. Hopefully Slaven Bilic’s switch was tactical and not because of an injury, because the Hammers cannot afford another first-team player on the sidelines.
Havard Nordtveit 6 – The Norwegian international had a fairly average outing against Stoke. He doesn’t seem like the player that can find his way into the consistent West Ham first-team plans in the near future and must be dropped for Mark Noble next time out.
Cheikhou Kouyate 7 – Stoke didn’t look like they could handle Kouyate all too well and he provided a brilliant link between defence and attack. His passing was usually spot on but will be annoyed not to have provided any more than he did.
Manuel Lanzini 8 – The Argentine was easily West Ham’s most creative player and looked to be the only one capable of carving open the home side’s defence. His deliveries and through-balls into the box were always dangerous.
Andre Ayew 6 – Almost scored the goal of the season with a bicycle kick in the home side’s penalty box, but it was well saved by Jack Butland. However that was the only impact Ayew had on the game.
Jonathan Calleri 5 – The 23-year-old was presented with a brilliant opportunity in the first-half to break the deadlock. However with no defenders near to him, Calleri still managed to blaze the ball high and wide of the goal. Tried to score with a ridiculous ‘Rabona’ and wasted another huge chance.
Aaron Cresswell (on for Arthur Masuaku 46min) – 5
Mark Noble (on for Andre Ayew 68min) – 6
Robert Snodgrass (on for Jonathan Calleri 80min) – 6
In other West Ham news, Danny Murphy has said what the Hammers must do in the summer.