The international break offered Marko Arnautovic the chance to get away from West Ham’s struggles and link him with his Austrian compatriots.
He set up a goal in the 2-0 win over Sweden last week, but was unable to prevent his side losing 1-0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina last night.
Is Arnie’s quiet performance a cause for concern for Manuel Pellegrini ahead of the vital clash with Everton on Sunday? We’ve taken a look at the numbers before delivering a verdict…
His performance by the numbers
The stats, according to WhoScored, show that Arnautovic wasn’t completely anonymous. He played the full 90 minutes, and got three shots away.
One was on target and the Hammers may need a more clinical Arnautovic at Goodison on Sunday. He also contributed a key pass and had a pass success rate over 80 per cent.
Interestingly, he was fouled four times, more than anyone else in his side. That suggests he may well have been targeted by the hosts as one man to stop via rough tactics.
Is it a concern ahead of Sunday?
There is no need for Pellegrini to panic, although it would have been a real boost if he’d found the net.
He played the full game and escaped injury, which is always a bonus. Arnie was involved in proceedings, and produced some solid numbers.
A hit rate better than one in three in front of goal is the main area the Hammers will be hoping to see improvement, but it could be worse ahead of the trip to Goodison.