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Player Ratings: Hammer defense falls apart at Hull City

Tactics? Players? Bilic? We put numbers to names in this week’s player ratings

Hull City v West Ham United - Premier League Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images

Woof. We’re still reeling from the post match hangover that resulted from West Ham United’s late capitulation against Hull City on Saturday. Four consecutive losses now have left us with many questions, including the safety of Slaven Bilic’s job. After all the tears, and all the anguish, the only thing left to do break down our Hammer warriors to numbers.

Slaven Bilic - 4 - I have a long documented history of supporting Slaven Bilic as a player’s manager. He can only deal with what he’s been given. It seemed he had the line up picked correctly as the Hammers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. However, things slowly started to deteriorate and Bilic had no answers for the new tactics employed by Marcos Silva at the start of the second half.

Manuel Lanzini - 8 - Found all the right positions and helped to create some great chances. I think it’s safe to say we’ve found someone who could permanently fill the gap left by ‘he who shall not be named’.

Andy Carroll - 7 - I’m giving Andy a seven because he was clinical to earn the early lead. However, I think the arm band might have weighed a bit too heavily for the big forward as he tried to do too much and it ended up affecting his play.

James Collins -7 - For a man who has seen such limited action this year, what a way to step up and prove he’s still got it. The Ginge didn’t disappoint, even if he was part of the defense that let two slide past.

Andre Ayew - 5 - Starting to wonder what the 20 million was for. It’s been quite a while since the injury and the Africa Cup of Nations. I’m out of excuses, and so is Ayew.

Cheikhou Kouyate - 5 - I don’t even think Kouyate knows what position he’s supposed to be playing on this team. He played in front of the defense and seemed to be a non factor for most of the match, on both ends of the pitch.

Aaron Cresswell - 5 - Cresswell was lucky enough to float the ball towards Carroll’s killing field, but couldn’t seem to find the same touch for the rest of the match. Aaron left in the 68th minute to make way for the just as ineffective Masuaku.

Arthur Masuaku - 5 - Ugh. I don’t want to write this because I’ve been taunting Bilic for weeks to start Arthur over Cresswell. Sure 22 minutes isn’t enough to sum up a player’s ability but Masuaku was part of the play that gave up the winning goal. Left back continues to be an irritating and frustrating sore spot.

Sam Byram - 5 - Byram looked as if he was playing catch up for most of the match, trying to understand what was happening on the field in front of him. To that end, he still played relatively well and it makes one wonder where he could be at this point of the season if only Slaven showed him some faith earlier.

Darren Randolph - 4 - I’m not a goal keeping coach so I’m not sure if I should be blaming Randolph or the defense in front of him. Both seemed to be lacking confidence and a large reason we’re look at four defeats in a row.

Jose Fonte - 4 - We need a DNA test stat! I’m starting to think this isn’t the same guy we saw that captained the Southampton defense.

Sofiane Feghouli - 4 - What can I say about Feghouli that the fans and the crowd haven’t already screamed at him? He knows he’s out of form. With all the wingers West Ham employed, you’d think we’d have better to offer.

Robert Snodgrass - 4 - A man with no home! He was booed by Tiger and Hammer fans alike. The only time he smiled was during the lineup in the tunnel, shaking the hands of his former teammates.

No Ratings - Edimilson Fernandes & Jonathan Calleri.