A number of West Ham United fans have claimed that central defender Angelo Ogbonna does not get the credit he deserves.
The 31-year-old captained the Hammers against Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this season, whilst he started and finished eight Premier League games between August 17 and October 19.
A fan account on Twitter pointed out that Ogbonna’s presence in the XI seems to have a big impact on the amount of goals that the team concede.
And many supporters have questioned why head coach Manuel Pellegrini has altered his stance on the central defender by putting him behind Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop in the pecking order at the London Stadium.
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It will be very, very interesting to see whether the 13-time Italy international is in the XI for the clash with Tottenham Hotspur after the international break.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
With Ogbonna this season:
Without Ogbonna this season:
Best player this season. Unfair treatment. pic.twitter.com/f75X6qSIJE
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) November 11, 2019
The fact Pellegrini has decided to drop Ogbonna for a clearly out of form and unconfident Balbuena shows how tactically clueless he is. Ogbonna has been superb all season – our Hammer of the Year until being ridiculously dropped. Ridiculous management.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) November 11, 2019
100% crazy how badly he has been treated
— cobblarr! ⚒ (@andrewcobb20) November 11, 2019
Can’t understand why he’s not playing
— Andy (@murton52) November 11, 2019
It’s a very strange one. He’s not injured and has consistently been our best centre-back, so why he’s lost his first team place to Balbuena who’s been sub-par in every game he’s played is a mystery to me mate.
— ⚒ESSEX•HAMMER⚒ (@WHULUVA) November 11, 2019
Spot on, why he’s not playing is madness
— Robert Proni (@robproni) November 11, 2019
Only Pellegrini to blame for this. He has made some extremely odd decisions this season…
— Louis Blair (@Louislblair) November 11, 2019