West Ham produced another battling performance to end Chelsea’s winning run on Sunday.
The 0-0 draw ended Maurizio Sarri’s perfect start to life in English football and saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men build on the momentum generated by last weekend’s 3-1 win at Everton.
There were some excellent individual performances across the team, especially from a defensive perspective. Sarri has transformed Chelsea’s attacking play but the Hammers stood firm.
One man who impressed again was Lukasz Fabianski. Facing up against Kepa, the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, really puts West Ham’s cut-price summer deal for him in perspective.
By the numbers
According to WhoScored, Fabianski was West Ham’s best player against the Blues. He made six saves, including one brave, point-blank effort where he saved Alvaro Morata’s shot with his face by standing tall for as long as possible.
It was a first clean sheet of the season for the Pole; but his general performances this season have merited more than that.
Much of West Ham’s summer outlay went on expensive, largely attacking recruits. However, getting a proven, Premier League goalkeeper for a seven-figure sum represents good business these days.
Signing Fabianski was a shrewd move, and unlike some of his team-mates, has not needed an adjustment period to get up to speed.
Last season saw both Slaven Bilic and David Moyes chop and change between Adrian and Joe Hart; neither man set the world alight and the constant confusion can’t help the defence.
This season, having a solid, settled number one performing at the top of his game could have a huge impact.