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West Ham should now bench 4/10 man who was even worse than Phillips

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There was a second, about 75 minutes into West Ham United‘s conflict in opposition to Newcastle United on Tyneside when the travelling help was in full voice, the voluble Hammers overwhelming their beleaguered hosts.

West Ham’s marketing campaign has been affected by defensive deficiencies and this was definitely on present at St. James’ Park, with David Moyes‘ aspect squandering a 3-1 result in hand Newcastle a lifeline of their combat for European qualification.

It was a real thriller, a type of matches they whack on a billboard to promote the Premier League and all it entails, however West Ham is not going to care about that; they succumbed to stress, misplaced a commanding place and now have a tenuous maintain on seventh spot within the top-flight.

All of it modified when Kalvin Phillips was launched, 69 minutes in.

Kalvin Phillips’ efficiency vs Newcastle

Phillips in all probability arrived on the London Stadium in January brimming with hope, sanguine in his conviction {that a} nightmare spell with Manchester Metropolis was behind him, and that he might strut his stuff on the highest stage with avidity as soon as once more.

It is fairly exceptional, genuinely astounding, how unhealthy he has been in an Irons shirt, seemingly making an error each time he takes to the pitch.

At Newcastle, Phillips conceded the penalty that allowed Alexander Isak to web his brace, halving the deficit after 75 minutes. He accomplished 13 touches throughout 21 minutes of motion; he misplaced the ball 5 instances, finishing 4 of 9 tried passes, as per Sofascore.

That is past rusty, that is past a blip. Phillips is beset with a staggering lack of confidence that has seeped into his industrious talent set, like a pot of oil spilled right into a physique of water, tainting it, spoiling it.

There is a declare, nonetheless, that the England man’s adjudged foul on Anthony Gordon was comfortable, sparking the comeback, and Phillips was definitely not the primary perpetrator on a bleak afternoon within the North East.

West Ham midfielder Kalvin Phillips

Pre-match, Vladimir Coufal claimed that he had his sights set on breaking his Premier League help tally in a single marketing campaign in opposition to Eddie Howe’s aspect.

He did not stroll the stroll, for example that…

Vladimir Coufal’s recreation in numbers

Coufal has been a superb signing for West Ham, following Czech countryman Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague in 2020 for a cut price £5m and since chalking up 144 appearances for the membership, registering 20 assists.

Vladimir Coufal: Stats vs Newcastle

Stat

#

Minutes performed

89′

Touches

39

Correct passes

20/29 (69%)

Key passes

1

Possession misplaced

12x

Tackles

1

Duels received

1/4

Penalties dedicated

1

Dribbles tried

0

Dribbled previous

1

Stats through Sofascore

The proper-back’s metrics on the afternoon make for grim studying, nonetheless, having been bullied within the duel and wasteful in possession to compound an early foul to offer Newcastle the lead, Isak changing the primary of two spot-kicks.

His show was so poor that The Night Normal’s Malik Ouzia branded the 31-year-old with a 4/10 match ranking, writing of his efficiency: ‘Rash when diving in on Gordon to concede early penalty and sloppy in possession for a lot of the afternoon.’

With the likes of Ben Johnson ready within the wings, Coufal – whose 5.6 Sofascore ranking was the worst of any participant on the day – arguably ought to be dropped in opposition to Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night time, with that Premier League fixture now heightened. It is all on the road.

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Inconsistency has marred West Ham’s marketing campaign however this isn’t the time to wallow in despair. Moyes will berate his troops after a dismal collapse, and so he ought to, however there’s high quality sufficient to forge a profitable end to the season and now the Hammers should rally.