By Ben Dinnery

29th Nov, 2021 | 1:07pm

Expert salutes West Ham 'scouts' after 'exceptional' reveal

West Ham have their scouts to thank in part for their “exceptional” fitness record this season.

So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Dinnery revealed via his Twitter on 22 November that West Ham have the second-lowest injury incidence rate in the Premier League this season.

The Irons have suffered just six injuries in total in 2021-22, equating to 61 days of collective absence.

That number is admittedly set to rise following news of Angelo Ogbonna’s anterior cruciate ligament injury.

But Dinnery hailed the work of the Hammers’ recruitment team for their part in assembling a squad with top-class fitness record.

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“It’s multi-faceted, not just down to one single thing,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

“That’s testament to the backroom staff and the players, especially when you consider they are playing in Europe as well. It’s exceptional, really.

“But ultimately, the buck stops with David Moyes for a lot of the decisions.

“You’ve got to be giving the manager massive amounts of credit. You also need to have the personnel who can cope with playing three games per week.

“Even with the best physios, technology and coaches, if you can’t cope with the demands of the game then you will continue to break down.

“That goes all the way back to recruitment and making sure the scouts have done the research before you sign a player.

“There is, of course, elements of luck to this too. But Moyes has set up a good culture at the club from top to bottom.

With a near-perfect bill of health, Moyes side have excelled in 2021-22 and currently occupy 4th place in the Premier League.

They have, however, lost their last two matches against Wolves and Man City respectively.

In other news, West Ham lay groundwork to sign “monster” Nathaniel Phillips in January as price tag revealed.