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.
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.
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.
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…
Ogbonna, Rice and Souček the only players who looked up for it! #WHUNEW
— #GSBOut Nick Harvey (@nick_harv) September 12, 2020
Thank God for Ogbonna! Our defence is as so suspect. I’ve no faith in Fornals… Get Antonio some help in the shape of Sebastian Haller please!!
— Paul Wallace (@2ndsonofJim) September 12, 2020
Issa Diop man awful judgment that and like always Ogbonna gets him out of trouble.
— Khaleem Azam (@AzamWHUFC) September 12, 2020
Our defence is just Fabianski and Ogbonna.
Tarkowski, a RB and LB
— #GSBOUTSamzini⚒ (@WHUsamzini) September 12, 2020
If ogbonna is injured our season is finished
— Oliver⚒ #GSBOUT #Moyesout (@HammerzOliver) September 12, 2020
Glad Ogbonna is up, he holds our defence together at times
— Jamie (@JamiePaul587) September 12, 2020
Angelo ogbonna is a hero
— James Osborn (@james12osborn) September 12, 2020
Love Ogbonna man
— 🐙 (@theIastdance) September 12, 2020
Ogbonna is such a rock. We’d genuinely be lost without him
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) September 12, 2020