While It was Javier Hernandez who came up with West Ham United’s goal against Brighton & Hove Albion, but he wasn’t the only man in claret and blue who excelled in their first start of the season.
Arthur Masuaku missed the season opener against Manchester City after returning to pre-season late following his participation in the African Cup of Nations, but did well against Brighton.
Last season the Democratic Republic of Congo international struggled for consistency, as highlighted by the fact the time at left-back was split between him and Aaron Cresswell, who started 19 and 18 Premier League games respectively throughout the campaign.
However, Masuaku was convincing in this game, as he was awarded the second-highest rating for the game by WhoScored, with 7.4, which put him behind only Manuel Lanzini.
The 25-year-old made 5 tackles during the game, more than any other player on the pitch, with one of those even leading to the Hammers’ solitary goal of the game – he also made 2 clearances, 1 interception and won 3 aerial duels.
The DR Congo international was also effective with the ball at his feet, completing 81% of the passes he attempted and all 4 of the dribbles he made.
Perhaps surprisingly, Masuaku was one of the most influential figures on the pitch in terms of how much he saw of the ball, holding 6.7% of the game’s total possession – a number only surpassed by Davy Propper’s 7.3%.
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