West Ham dynamo Mauro Zarate equals Premier League best, betters Payet

Mauro Zarate

Mauro Zarate created more chances than any other player this weekend.

West Ham were frustrated at the weekend as they drew 0-0 at home to Stoke City, but it was not for lack of trying.

That applies particularly to Argentine forward Mauro Zarate, who tried his best to carve open the Potters' defence.

Zarate created eight goalscoring chances - the best record in the Premier League among any side to play on Saturday and Sunday.

He was three clear of his nearest challenger, Liverpool's Alberto Moreno.

  TeamKey Passes
Mauro Zárate West Ham 8
Alberto Moreno Liverpool 5
Yohan Cabaye C. Palace 4
Emre Can Liverpool 4
Alan Hutton Aston Villa 4
Jordan Veretout Aston Villa 4

Stoke's most prolific creator was Bojan, who made three key passes in the stalemate in East London.

Zarate's performance was commendable, and it equalled a Premier League best for the season, level with Mesut Ozil - who also had his most prolific game of the season against Stoke City.

  MatchKey Passes
Mauro Zárate West Ham vs Stoke 8
Mesut Özil Arsenal vs Stoke 8
Santiago Cazorla Arsenal vs Stoke 7
Dimitri Payet Sunderland vs West Ham 7
Dimitri Payet West Ham vs Norwich 7
Dimitri Payet West Ham vs Newcastle 7
Mesut Özil Leicester vs Arsenal 7

The common name on the list of best performances this season is Dimitri Payet, who created seven chances in three separate matches, a figure Zarate exceeded this weekend.

He now needs to show consistency while Payet is out injured, for this was the only match in which Zarate has played in which he has created more than two chances, better one on only two occasions previously.

  MatchKey PassesMins Played
Mauro Zárate West Ham vs Stoke 8 90
Mauro Zárate West Ham vs West Brom 2 82
Mauro Zárate Sunderland vs West Ham 2 11

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