West Ham are in somewhat of a crisis at the moment.

The Hammers began the season so well, but things have taken a turn for the worse over the past month or so.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have taken just two points from their last five league games – a run that has seen them slump to 13th place in the table.

Many of West Ham’s big-name players have failed to deliver recently.

It’s not all bad, however. There have been a few who have performed to a high standard on a consistent basis this season.

West Ham insider ExWHUemployee highlighted three players in particular who deserve praise…

Declan Rice is the obvious early frontrunner for Hammer of the Year. The 20-year-old has been incredibly consistent and always gives 100 per cent.


Angelo Ogbonna, meanwhile, never seems to let his side down. Since he came into the team after the first game of the season he has undoubtedly made West Ham’s defence more solid.

Andriy Yarmolenko has only just come back from a long-term injury, and whilst he hasn’t been very consistent, he has shown glimpses of what he is capable of.

Two glaring omissions from Ex’s three-man list are Ryan Fredericks and Lukasz Fabianski.

The latter has been injured for the last five or six games, but before then he was unquestionably Pellegrini’s best, most reliable performer.

Fredericks, meanwhile, has really impressed at right-back, and after Pablo Zabaleta’s horror show against Newcastle, the position will now surely be his own for the rest of the season.

In truth, there is still room for improvement for every single Hammers player, and if they are to finish inside the top six this season, they need everyone on board and pulling together in the same direction.

The likes of Anderson, Lanzini and Haller all need to step up. West Ham need their big-name stars to start producing.

And a win away at Burnley today will be an absolute necessity, if they are to have a chance of playing European football next term.

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