West Ham United forward Mauro Zarate produced arguably his best ever performance for the club as he contributed greatly during his side’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
The Hammers entered the encounter still ruing the absence of star player Dimitri Payet after he was ruled out for up to three months with a sustained knee ligament injury.
Payet’s absence now adds added pressure on West Ham’s fellow forwards to make the difference in the final third, with most eyes on Argentine youngster Manuel Lanzini.
However, against the Baggies it was Lanzini’s compatriot Zarate who really stepped up to the plate, putting in a superb performance which matched the brilliance of his stunning opening goal.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the former Birmingham City player was heavily involved throughout as he contributed in a number of key attacking areas.
Zarate gave West Ham the lead via a glorious 25-yard free-kick after just 17 minutes, a strike which found the top corner and left West Brom keeper Boaz Myhill clutching at thin air.
But it was the forward’s all-round performance which really impressed. Zarate posted six shots, two key passes, two successful take-ons and an impressive seven ball recoveries.
In possession he was reliable and West Ham’s players evidently saw him as their greatest source of creativity, illustrated by the fact he took as many as 64 touches before departing after 82 minutes.
It was a superb display from Zarate, and one which deserved to be on the winning side. However, West Brom are certainly no pushovers and they made life tough in the second period.
A Winston Reid own goal drew Tony Pulis’s side level and there were chances for the West Midlands side to pick up a victory, though that would have been harsh on the hosts.