West Ham made it 12 points out of their last 12 yesterday snd were superb throughout the game when they beat Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage. However, after the when it came to choose the fans MOTM, the club left Fabian Balbuena out of the four-man shortlist, to the confusion of the Hammers.
Another great win! Who was your man of the match!?
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) 15 December 2018
It was Balbuena who was the winner of the man of the match award during the BT Sport commentary, so it seemed extremely odd that the Paraguayan defender wasn’t given recognition for his performance by his own club, with Robert Snodgrass, Miachail Antonio, Pablo Zabaleta and Lukasz Fabianski being the four options for the fans to pick from.
Balbuena is a superb defender and the fact that he was an unheard of 27-year-old when Manuel Pellegrini opted to bring him to the club shows that the Chilean gaffer knows exactly what he’s doing. The ex-Corinthians defender has missed just one game this season so far in the Premier League, and he even grabbed his first Hammers goal a few weeks back, and after yesterday, he should have a man of the match award too.
You can read the Irons’ verdict on who their man of the match should have been here:
— Hammad mohammad (@hammad_mo1) December 15, 2018
Stop using a four option format for an eleven option question. It's pointless. Or, get someone else to pick the players. Maybe even someone who watched the game.
Balbuena, by a country mile.
— Obiang Kenobi (@McAvennie) December 15, 2018
Your centre half Balbuena, bossed it
— Matt (@mattyk74) 15 December 2018
Balbuena???? (Also the BT Sport motm)
— Mark Donne (@donne_mark) December 15, 2018
How on Earth have you missed Balbuena out? Far and away our standout player today.
— Dan Storey (@DapperDan) December 15, 2018
— West Ham News (@WHU_PSSV) December 15, 2018
Balbuena all day long… don’t even get a choice of it
— Mark Quant (@mquant24) 15 December 2018
The fans were over the moon with Balbuena’s brilliance at Fulham yesterday and have no idea how the Paraguayan wasn’t even an option for the man of the match vote.