Often-criticised West Ham midfielder Havard Nordtveit receives praise from both Slaven Bilic and David Gold

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic before the match

West Ham United midfielder Havard Nordtveit has been praised by both Slaven Bilic and David Gold.

West Ham United's Havard Nordtveit in action with Everton's Mason HolgateWest Ham United's Havard Nordtveit in action with Everton's Mason Holgate

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic and co-chairman David Gold have both hailed Havard Nordtveit for his performance against Everton on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers made it two draws in a row as, seven days after drawing 2-2 at Sunderland, they were held to a stalemate against Everton at the London Stadium.

Despite failing to find the net, West Ham impressed with their display against Ronald Koeman's men, with a host of previously criticised players – such as Jose Fonte and Arthur Masuaku – putting in strong performances.

However, arguably the finest player on the pitch was Havard Nordtveit, who has endured a tough first season in East London following his free transfer switch from Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.

Everton's Ross Barkley in action with West Ham United's Havard NordtveitEverton's Ross Barkley in action with West Ham United's Havard Nordtveit

Nordtveit, 27, was seen as a smart addition for West Ham when he signed, but the ex-Arsenal youngster struggled to nail down a first team place, and looked out of his depth when forced to play at right back, receiving huge criticism after the 3-0 home defeat to Southampton back in September.

However, when played in his natural role of holding midfield, Nordtveit excelled against Sunderland, putting in a superb performance in front of the West Ham defence.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic before the matchWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

The Norwegian will now be hoping for a strong end to the season after his performance against Sunderland, which was hailed by both Slaven Bilic and David Gold.

Manager Bilic told the club's official Twitter account that he felt Nordtveit was 'excellent' as the kept West Ham's shape, whilst co-chairman David Gold took to Twitter to suggest that Nordtveit was strong in his favoured position.

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