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West Ham: Paqueta was a “pleasure” to look at

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West Ham United secured their third successive win in all competitions after seeing off newly-promoted Fulham within the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, with David Moyes’ facet working out deserved 3-1 winners on the London Stadium.

A nervy opening had seen the house facet fall behind courtesy of Andreas Pereira’s fierce effort from the angle, just for the previous Manchester United man to show from hero to villain for the Cottagers as he introduced down Craig Dawson contained in the penalty space, having been repeatedly warned by referee Chris Kavanagh.

England worldwide Jarrod Bowen subsequently stepped as much as slot house from the penalty spot to get on the scoresheet for the second top-flight sport working, earlier than summer season signing Gianluca Scamacca produced a pleasant dinked effort after the break for his third purpose in as many video games.

The previous Sassuolo striker – who arrived in east London on a £35.5m deal within the latest window – had little question “deserved his purpose”, within the phrases of journalist Jonty Colman, following a superb total show, with the Italy worldwide starting to catch fireplace after being initially eased into life in England.

The 23-year-old was deserving of his heat ovation after being withdrawn late on within the sport – as his substitute Michail Antonio went on to seal the factors in stoppage time – though there was one other Irons star who additionally dazzled on the day, with fellow new addition Lucas Paqueta having pulled the strings in midfield.

Contemporary from having teed up Scamacca for the successful purpose away in Anderlecht in midweek, the Brazilian playmaker once more proved decisive to assist put the house facet forward after the interval, producing a pleasant chip excessive of the defence for the towering ahead to latch on to.

Was Paqueta the star man as we speak?


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Not for me!

Such a second of high quality is probably going what the membership would have been anticipating following the previous Lyon man’s £51m seize this summer season, with the 24-year-old starting to blossom having initially discovered it tough to regulate to life in his new environment – with that solely his second purpose contribution of the season to date.

The fleet-footed “magician” – as dubbed by journalist Josh Bunting – was merely a “whole pleasure” to look at on the day, as additionally described by Bunting, having been the actual heartbeat for Moyes’ facet in his free position behind the striker.

The £40.5m-rated ace notably registered two key passes from his 69 touches and in addition gained 100% of his aerial duels, together with his match ranking of seven.5, as per SofaScore, solely bettered by teammate Tomas Soucek among the many gamers for both facet.

Because the Night Customary’s Malik Ouzia famous in his post-match participant rankings piece, Paqueta is a merely ‘stylish operator’, with it already wanting like a ‘coup’ that the Hammers had been in a position to prise the previous AC Milan man from France.

A participant who brings apparent box-office leisure – as additionally evidenced by his outrageous piece of talent in midweek – the 34-cap menace appears prone to be an actual thrilling watch this season.

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