With the Premier League’s runaway leaders Chelsea making the visit to London Stadium on Monday night, it was clear that West Ham United needed big performances from centre-back partnership Winston Reid and Jose Fonte if they were to get a positive result against the Blues.
Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Pedro have consistently proven to be one of the most feared frontlines in the English top flight this season, and Irons boss Slaven Bilic would have been hopeful that he could rely on his experienced defenders to try and stop the terrific trio.
However, as the stats prove, both Reid and Euro 2016 winner Jose Fonte struggled in the encounter with Antonio Conte’s high-flyers that ended 2-1 in favour of the visitors, with both Costa and Hazard getting on the scoresheet.
New Zealand international Reid, who was substituted in the 63rd minute after picking up an injury, made just one tackle and not a single interception or clearance during his time on the pitch, while also failing to win an aerial duel.
Meanwhile Fonte, who hasn’t looked quite as steady as he often did for Southampton following his January move to the London Stadium, failed to win a single tackle during the 90 minutes, although he did show his strength in the air by winning three of the four aerial duels he faced.
If West Ham are going to secure a top half finish and pick up positive results against the teams at the top in the future, they will certainly need their centre-backs to put in better showings than the ones that they did on Monday night.