West Ham United signed Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer last summer.
The right-back had been available for a short time following his release from Manchester City, and it was the Hammers that swooped to land the Argentine on a two-year deal.
Early in the season, there were concerns over whether Zabaleta’s legs had gone. Indeed, there was that difficult match for the full-back away to Manchester United.
The 32-year-old has more than settled into his new surroundings, however, with his all-action style quickly making him a favourite with the West Ham supporters.
Zabaleta, who is believed to collect £90,000 a week in wages at West Ham, has actually made 26 Premier League appearances for the Hammers this season, and there is no question that he has been one of their better performers in recent weeks.
The West Ham fans absolutely love him, and they have been on social media to reveal their admiration for the experienced defender.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be found below:
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 13, 2018
Different class. 100% commitment every game.
— Tommo (@NJThompson94) February 13, 2018
You can see why @ManCity fans loved him and still do. 100% Commitment every game ?
— Mark Lemasurier (@MarkWHUFC88) February 13, 2018
Don’t know why people have been slating him this season. Such a key player ☝️
— Ross Field ⚒ (@Rossfield16) February 13, 2018
A man reborn getting stronger by the game think he’s getting younger ??
— ffs (@LesterThumwood) February 13, 2018
colt hammer hero imo
— ⚒️TACtical Dominator (@TAC_Dominator) February 14, 2018
Hammer of the year
— West Ham Daily (@WestHam_daily) February 13, 2018
Must be close for player of the season.
1000% commitment 100% of the time!
— ⚒Rod⚒ (@bubblemaster3) February 14, 2018
For me, Zaba has been our best performer, besides Arnie! People overlook him because of his age and his lack of pace, but you won’t see a player (apart from Nobes) who works as hard, shows as much passion and Desire to win for our amazing club! Potential HOTY for me ⚒⚒⚒
— Janet (@KaneScott88) February 14, 2018
Mans a beast
— DISTORLA (@DISTORLA) February 13, 2018