Angelo Ogbonna joined West Ham from Juventus in the summer of 2015 for around £10 million (BBC).
The 31-year-old who earns £70,000 per week (Spotrac) has gone on to make 151 appearances for the Hammers.
And the Italian has been an absolute stalwart for West Ham over the past four-and-a-half years.
Sure, he has had the odd dip in form. But on the most part, Ogbonna has been one of the Hammers’ most consistent players over the past few seasons.
And the 31-year-old has been an absolute rock this term.
The 13-capped Italy international has made 23 Premier League appearances for West Ham this season. And during those outings, he has made 31 tackles, with a 65% success rate. The experienced centre-back has made 21 interceptions, 100 clearances and 103 ball recoveries. He has won 61% of his individual duals and 61% per cent of his aerial battles (premierleague.com).
Aside from the statistics, Ogbonna is a great leader. And he has proven to be an absolute steal for just £10 million.
But often his fine work goes unnoticed. The attacking players usually get all the headlines.
Ogbonna provides the Hammers with a real level of calmness and composure at the back. And Issa Diop can learn a lot from the Italian.
The experienced defender will be vital to West Ham’s hopes of avoiding relegation this season.
The Hammers have let in a lot of goals this term. But Ogbonna cannot be blamed, considering the fact that he had to play in front of hapless flop Roberto for so long.
But with Lukasz Fabianski now back in the side, Ogbonna performing incredibly well and Diop making gradual improvements, West Ham look a lot more solid.
And the Italian’s role in the team cannot be underestimated.