Media Player Ratings for West Ham against Watford- Haller excellent, Yarmolenko disappointing

Here is a look at the how major papers rated West Ham’s players in their game against Watford on Saturday. The Hammers defied the pre-game predictions of several pundits by emerging 3-1 winners at Vicarage Road.

Sebastien Haller was the star of the show for the visitors, with his two goals sinking the Hornets after a sustained spell of pressure from the home side after the interval had come to nothing. One of the papers even had “Hallerlujah” as their headline for this fixture. The French international also became the Hammers’ first TOTW representative this season.

While the back four remained the same from the Brighton game, Pellegrini made several changes further up the pitch, with Mark Noble returning from injury to partner Declan Rice in midfield. Other players to return from the treatment room were Haller and Felipe Anderson while Andriy Yarmolenko was chosen to start on the right wing.

Across the four ratings that we collated, Haller’s average works to be 8.25- a fine afternoon of work for the 25 year old. Next to him are Issa Diop and Manuel Lanzini with 7.25 and 7 respectively.

The midfield pairing of Declan Rice and Noble certainly seemed to work better than the Rice-Wilshere pairing, and they were the next best players in these ratings.

The most disappointing player was Yarmolenko, who only averaged 5.75 this week. Would’ve been lower if it hadn’t been for the Mail’s rating of 7- they thought his performance was on par with the likes of Lanzini and Rice. We thought the the Ukranian international had a forgettable afternoon. He was replaced at half time by Michail Antonio, whose introduction certainly improved the Hammers’ attack.

West ham player ratings v Watford 2019

The result lifts the Hammers to 14th in the Premier League table while Watford remain at the bottom- the only team not to have picked up a point so far.

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