Who have been West Ham's most clinical, creative and defensively sound performers so far?

Slaven Bilic

Statistically, who have been West Ham's top performers so far this season?

It has been a turbulent start to the Premier League season if you are a West Ham United supporter. With six points from a possible 12, following two terrific away victories against Arsenal and Liverpool, Slaven Bilic's side occupy eighth place in the top-flight table. 

Throughout the following article, HITC Sport analyse the club's top performers from the first few weeks of the new campaign:

Most clinical: Mark Noble's inclusion as the club's most clinical player thus far will come as a surprise for some. However, the Englishman's two goals have seen him convert an impressive 40% of his total attempts. Having averaged 1.25 shots per game, he is by no means the Hammers' most adventurous player in the final third, although he cannot be accused of wasting his chances.

  PositionTotal Shots per AppConversion Rate (%)Total GoalsAppearances
Mark Noble MF 1.25 40 2 4
Manuel Lanzini MF 1.5 33 1 2
Mauro Zárate FW 1.5 33 1 2

Most creative: Perhaps unsurprisingly, summer signing Dimitri Payet has established himself as Slaven Bilic's most creative asset, fashioning an average 2.25 key passes per appearance. However, when it comes to his total number of assists, the Frenchman is bettered by his younger counterpart Aaron Cresswell, who has two in four games. 

  PositionKey Passes per AppTotal AssistsAppearances
Dimitri Payet MF 2.25 1 4
Aaron Cresswell DF 1.75 2 4
Mauro Zárate FW 1 0 2

Most influential defensively: In terms of the player who has weighed in most defensively - regaining possession for the Hammers most often - it is summer signing Pedro Obiang. Throughout his opening three appearances for the east London club, the Spaniard has averaged two tackles and just over three interceptions per game. 

  PositionTackles and Interceptions Won per AppTackles Won per AppInterception Won per AppAppearances
Pedro Obiang MF 5.33 2 3.33 3
Manuel Lanzini MF 4 3.5 0.5 2
Winston Reid DF 4 1 3 4

Most accomplished distributor: Having already featured as the club's most clinical player, Mark Noble also takes the crown for West Ham's most accomplished distributor of possession. Having averaged 40.5 successful passes per appearance, while boasting an overall success rate of 89%, he is the club's clear pace-setter in this key area.

  PositionSuccess Passes per AppPass Completion (%)Appearances
Mark Noble MF 40.5 89 4
Carl Jenkinson DF 34.5 84 2
Dimitri Payet MF 33 79 4

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