West Ham were quite simply superb away at Chelsea yesterday.
They thoroughly deserved their victory, and every player to a man put in a real shift.
One player in particular deserves praise, however – Fabian Balbuena.
The Paraguayan has spent more time on the bench than the pitch this season. And he has been a shadow of the player West Ham signed from Corinthians for £6.5 million in the summer of 2018 (Sky Sports).
Balbuena produced a towering, commanding display against Chelsea, however, and he looked like his old self.
The 28-year-old only played against the Blues because Issa Diop was suspended. And he has now made a real case to be included on Wednesday night against Wolves.
Balbuena forged a strong partnership with Angelo Ogbonna, and Manuel Pellegrini might just decide to keep the two together once again in midweek.
From a personal perspective, the Paraguay international’s display was huge for his confidence. It was one that he really needed in order to prove to Pellegrini that he should be starting every week.
In short, it was a massive statement from the West Ham centre-back.
And it was one that was much needed regarding his future as a first-team regular at the London Stadium.