Winston Reid - West Ham's best defender v Leicester

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Winston Reid stood out as West Ham notched a victory against Leicester City.

Winston Reid proved his importance to West Ham with a commanding display as they beat Leicester City 2-0.

With Manchester United dropping points, the Hammers closed the gap on the Premier League's third placed team to just one point.

Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing scored the goals, but a clean sheet was every bit as vital to the victory. Here's a look at how the defenders rated:

  MatchWon TacklesInterceptions Aerial  Duels WonAccurate CrossesShots BlockedAssistsGoalsTotalMins Played
Winston Reid West Ham vs Leicester 2 5 12 0 1 0 0 20 90
James Tomkins West Ham vs Leicester 0 1 9 0 0 0 0 10 69
Aaron Cresswell West Ham vs Leicester 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 5 90
James Collins West Ham vs Leicester 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 21
Carl Jenkinson West Ham vs Leicester 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 90

Using HITC's formula to assess defensive performances by adding up key attributes, Reid's score of 20 was the very best in the entire Premier League on Saturday.

Reid won just one less aerial duel than the rest of his fellow defenders combined, and delivered more than twice as many interceptions than the rest of them put together.

There remains uncertainty over the centre-back's future with his contract up at the end of the season, and rival clubs interested, but if the Hammers want to continue their upwards trend, keeping him will be essential.

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