East End strugglers have three Englishmen as standout performers.
Still waiting for their record signing Andy Carroll to play for the first time this season, West Ham have dearly suffered from a lack of a quality player to play up top. Possessing a decent defence, and with their three top players all coming from midfield, the big Geordie's return to fitness should coincide with a surge up the league.
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Top 3 players so far – West Ham United
1. Mark Noble
Mark Noble might have hoped to have gotten into Roy Hodgson's experimental England squad after impressing for his boyhood team. Having played over 250 times for the Hammers, Noble is an idol to the Upton Park fans, and will be hoping to have his strongest season yet in a team full of Hodgson candidates.
1 goal, App 11, Mins 971, Average index score 11, Home index score 75, Average home index 15,
Away 51, Average away index 8, Overall index score 126
That Downing can be number two on this list without a recognised frontman playing to get on the end of his wingplay shows that he is having a decent debut season. Once Carroll returns expect to see his name linked to the England setup once more.
0 goals, App 9, Mins 616, Average index score 12, Home index score 41, Average home index 10,
Away 67, Average away index 13, Overall index score 126
The Hammers' top scorer is just twenty years old, and finally fulfilling the potential he had looked like wasting. Now one of the most exciting youngsters in the league, former club Manchester United are said to be interested in taking him back up north. Big Sam may not let him go without a fight.
3 goals, App 10, Mins 736, Average index score 10, Home index score 32, Average home index 8,
Away 68, Average away index 11, Overall index score 100
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