West Ham United are on some great form recently as they are undefeated in their last four Premier League games.
With these games being against Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Wolves and Leicester City, this is an extremely impressive feat.
Hammers legend Frank McAvennie has been raving over the squad. A lot of this praise is directed at defender Arthur Masuaku.
What McAvennie had to say about Masuaku
Speaking to Football Insider, the West Ham legend said: “It looks like it is really benefitting Cresswell and it opens up a spot for Masuaku as well.”
“I don’t know what has happened to Masuaku but somebody has had a word in his ear and he has stepped up. I heard David Moyes was talking to him and saying, ‘This is what I want and I will not play you unless you do this.’ Sometimes players need that.
“You need managers to say that if you do this you play and if you don’t do it you’re not playing. I know you have to wrap players in cotton wool these days but sometimes you need to give them a kick up the backside.
“That was possibly the wee kick up the backside he needed because he has been a different player of late. It is all a lot better now.”
Looking into Masuaku’s West Ham performances
The stats highlight that the left-back is performing well at both ends of the pitch. He has made five appearances and managed on average 1.8 tackles and 1.6 clearances a game, (WhoScored).
Meanwhile offensively he has managed on average one shot, one key pass, and three successful dribbles per game. He also has already picked up an assist too (WhoScored). Masuaku has already played nearly half the amount of minutes that he managed in the division last season and matched his assists already, so MvAvennie’s latest comments make a lot of sense.
It is therefore clear to see that players like Masuaku stepping up has been vital to the Irons’ current form, and David Moyes will no doubt be hoping it continues.
The defender is clearly appreciated by many at the club, as captain Mark Noble heaped praise on him last season after a match against the then red-hot Teemu Pukki. He said: “I thought he was brilliant and, to be honest, I thought the whole back four was brilliant to keep Pukki quiet because he’s such a good goalscorer.”
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