According to a report from the Evening Standard, Angelo Ogbonna is a very popular player at West Ham but he is not always easy to deal with behind the scenes.
It is suggested that the 32-year-old’s rise to prominence over the past two years has been partly down to him coming out of his shell more and being more assertive.
The Italian is certainly assertive on the pitch for the Hammers. The former Juve ace is one of David Moyes’s on-field generals.
Ogbonna joined West Ham from Juventus in the summer of 2015 for around £8 million (Daily Mail).
The Hammers fans had to wait until the 2019/20 season to see Oggy at his consistent best, however.
He was a good player before then, but he has reached an entirely new level over the past 18 months.
This season, in 18 Premier League appearances, the 32-year-old has averaged one tackle, one interception, 4.8 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game. He has also won an average of 2.5 aerial duels per match (Who Scored).
Angelo Ogbonna is absolutely vital to West Ham
If the Hammer of the Year award was given out today it would surely be given to the Italian.
His fine form this year has played a key role behind West Ham’s impressive start to their 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
Oggy’s superb season thus far has been somewhat down to a change in attitude according to the Evening Standard.
The Italian is reportedly very popular amongst players and staff at the club but he isn’t always easy to deal with behind the scenes and isn’t afraid of confrontation.
That shift in mentality from the happy go lucky player who moved to East London from Turin nearly six years ago has been a key factor in Angelo Ogbonna finding an entirely new level in his twilight years as a player.
And long may it continue. We love the former Juve ace in East London. As long as he keeps producing for the next few years, he will undoubtedly go down as a West Ham legend. In fact, it could be argued that he already is exactly that.