West Ham began their Premier League campaign at home to Newcastle United tonight. And some Hammers fans took to Twitter to praise Angelo Ogbonna for his performance against the Magpies.

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David Moyes’s men looked sluggish, bereft of ideas and lacked any kind of cohesion to their play against the Toon.

We were constantly exposed down either flank and we lacked any kind of creativity or attacking intent to trouble Newcastle too much at the other end.


Angelo Ogbonna (Photo by CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Once again, however, it was Angelo Ogbonna who shone for West Ham. Quite where we would be without him doesn’t bear thinking about.

The experienced Italian was an absolute rock at the back for the Hammers against the Toon. And he dealt with the two-pronged threat of Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson with minimum fuss.

That was in spite of being left badly exposed by both full-backs and his centre-back partner Issa Diop.

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Angelo Ogbonna (Photo by Adam Davy – Pool/Getty Images)

Wilson ended up scoring in the second half, but Ogbonna wasn’t at fault. He quite simply can’t do everything on his own.

The £9 million that West Ham paid for the 32-year-old five years ago now seems like an absolute steal.

And some Hammers fans took to Twitter in reaction to Ogbonna’s excellent performance against Newcastle tonight…

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