PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 May 2019
West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic
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Battle of the big boys went down to the wire
West Ham players have struggled to achieve decent averages in recent seasons with barely anyone scraping over seven in our annual averages.
So it was good to see two Hammers not only getting over seven this season, but way over that mark after some consistently good displays.
It really turned into a battle between two players in the end.
Declan Rice established himself as one of the first names on the team-sheet during the campaign,
He matched just about every other midfielder in the Premier League and bettered a lot of them, including Paul Pogba in both games with Manchester United.
He scored in a fine performance against Arsenal at the London Stadium and also made his debut for England along the way.
His only rival was goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
The Poland international had his doubters at the beginning of the season and many called for Adrian to be the number one, but it soon became apparent that Fabianski was a special keeper.
He was consistent all campaign and made more saves than any other keeper in the Premier League.
In the end it was Rice who got the nod with an average of 7.64 thanks to four nines and a whole bunch of eights to confirm his dominance.
Ben Johnson is in a false position after he earned seven out of 10 for his only performance of the season at Manchester City, while perhaps the more fitting third place goes to defender Fabian Balbuena who averaged 6.96.
Inconsistent displays cost many of the players. A fine display was often followed by an indifferent one and that is reflected in the averages.
Right at the bottom was striker Lucas Perez, who may have scored six goals for the club, but most of the time struggled to make an impact, especially when he started games.
Balbuena 6.96; A
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