Manuel Pellegrini’s first season at the helm can be considered a successful one.
A top ten finish after a season full of injuries, dubious refereeing decisions, and a striker who went AWOL in January is impressive given the circumstances.
With some fantastic and some awful performances along the way, Hammers fans can be contempt with the performances as a whole this season and can be fully optimistic for what next season has in store for the club.
Reflecting back on the season, we shall be rating the players individually across the squad. This will show the best performers in the squad, as well as picking out the worst, and perhaps seeing where the Hammers need to improve on in the summer, to make that push for European football next season.
Please note that the players included in these ratings are players who only made 10 or more appearances for the club in all competitions, and so youth players or those out injured will be excluded from this list.
Here are the player ratings for the West Ham United 2018/19 squad:
Lukasz Fabianski - 10/10
Hammer of the Year. What else needs to be said? Fabianski solidified himself as a nailed on starter early on in the season, and his talent makes him one of the best in the Premier League.
Pablo Zabaleta - 5/10
While Zabaleta started the season decent enough, his age was beginning to show towards the end of the season. He was once a great defender, his legs were going when faced against younger, quicker wingers.
Ryan Fredericks - 7/10
Injuries plagued Fredericks in the first half of the season, the back end of the campaign saw him show glimpses of real talent and solidified himself as the starting right back.
Angelo Ogbonna - 5.5/10
Ogbonna is always a tricky one to score because he can be considered inconsistent at times. He can either come out and be Mr Liability, or the reincarnation of Maldini, and there is no in-between. He scored some crucial goals this season, however, and so I’ll add a .5 onto his score.
Issa Diop - 7/10
A very good purchase and if we can keep hold of him, a very solid prospect for years to come. His age and inexperience have shown at times, and he needs the right partnership at the back to fully flourish, but right now seems a good player for the future.
Fabian Balbuena - 8/10
Balbuena is severely underrated, by even our fans as well. At just a rumoured £4million, he looks to be one of the bargains of the season. He improves our back line, and allows for Diop to shine as well, and has been our best defender this season.
Aaron Cresswell - 5.5/10
Cresswell had a fairly decent season, moving back out the left-hand side of defence from a more central role last season. Injuries have played their part mind, and Masuaku’s return has seen the starting role move to the latter.
Arthur Masuaku - 6.5/10
Left-back looked to be a position of weakness for us all season up until a month or so ago. Masuaku, who filled in for Cresswell’s latest injury, somehow made it his own with some fantastic performances. If he can continue this form into next season, expect to see Masuaku’s rating to shoot up.
Robert Snodgrass - 7/10
Snodgrass came back to the club surrounded in controversy following statements from the club chairman. He responded by breaking into the first 11, getting four goals this season, and having that fantastic spell in December. Of course, we do have better central midfield options in my opinion, but that does not take away the effort that Snodgrass has put into this season, and has been an example to all at the club.
Pedro Obiang - 5/10
Obiang has had an uneventful season and really hasn’t shone in any games he’s played. It looks as if he really wants to return to Italy, and maybe its for the best if we part company with him.
Mark Noble - 7/10
The captain has been superb recently, and his presence in the side is needed to balance out the midfield. Noble does get a lot of stick when things go wrong but looks to have proven his doubters wrong yet again this season.
Declan Rice - 9.5/10
What a season this man had. Put his name first on the team-sheet. Broken into the England setup. Players’ Player of the year. If it weren’t for Fabianski, this man would be top. Let’s hope we can keep him for as long as possible, before he (eventually), moves on to bigger and better things.
Manuel Lanzini - 6/10
Another player whose season was riddled with injuries. Lanzini barely scraped 10 appearances this season, and so a judgement may be harsh to make on him. However since his return, he has shown glimpses of quality, and we can only hope he continues it next season.
Michail Antonio - 7/10
Another player who looked to be on the fringes of the starting XI, injuries allowed for Antonio to have his moment, and he took it. Of course, not the most technical player about, but his pace and power is second to none. Overall, a decent season for Antonio.
Grady Diangana - 6.5/10
Diangana broke into the starting squad through injuries yet again but is another player who looks a decent prospect for the future. If he can improve his game further under Pellegrini, we could have a real star on our hands.
Andriy Yarmolenko - 5.5/10
An ACL ended Yarmolenko’s season eight months early, and so to judge him is a bit unfair. However, he did make 10 appearances in the season and popped up with a few goals too.
Felipe Anderson - 7/10
Much expectation came with a £40 million price tag, and whether or not Anderson lived up to it is up for debate. He can be inconsistent, but 10 goals this season isn’t a bad return for a wide man, and there’s no doubting his skill on the ball. Hopefully, he can kick on next season and improve to that tally.
Andy Carroll - 4/10
How this man made 14 appearances this season I’m not sure, but he didn’t make any significant impact. His time is up at West Ham, and while he had some fantastic moments in claret and blue, he will be remembered mostly for being injured. Constantly. A sad end to what could’ve been a fantastic player for the club.
Lucas Perez - 5.5/10
Came up with some goals at some useful times, but disputes over playing with Pellegrini and attitude problems have left a bad taste in the mouth. Overall, an underwhelming season for Perez, who looks to be off in the summer.
Javier Hernandez - 6/10
Another player who looks like their time is up at the club, Hernandez has been the talking point of many West Ham fans all season. A player who seems to make the biggest impact off the bench rather than starting, yet Hernandez has still contributed some important goals this season. Disputes have surrounded him suggesting he is not happy with the game time he’s getting, and in truth, he doesn’t warrant it.
Marko Arnautovic - 5/10
A top player? Yes. A top goalscorer? Yes. At fault for derailing our season? Yes. Arnie’s disputes in January potentially cost the club Europa League this season, and that strop cannot be forgiven for a few decent performances at the end of the season. Where he will end up is a mystery, but if he does stay, he needs to get back to the Arnie of old to win over the West Ham faithful once more.
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