West Ham United will be frustrated by their inability to get a result against Arsenal, as they came out of the game on the end of a 1-0 loss.
However, there are plenty of positives that can be taken away from the team’s performance, with certain individuals offering special encouragement.
Jeremy Ngakia is one of those, as he has been lauded by fans following his display against the Gunners.
Defensively, the 19-year-old completed two tackles, one clearance and two interceptions, as well as winning one aerial duel.
He also showed positive signs on the ball, as he completed the one dribble that was attempted, while maintaining a pass success rate of 75%, which is the highest he has had in any of his four games so far.
This performance has earned him plenty of praise from Hammers fans, with one claiming he “pocketed” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while another claimed that he should be called up to play for England.
Pocketed by Ngakia
Hey it worked https://t.co/pQgBOmX9zr
— Jack ⚒ (@_JackElliott_) March 8, 2020
Ngakia for england
— Hudson (@Hudym6) March 7, 2020
It’s unprecedented playing a youth player in a relegation scrap, and he’s done himself proud. But let’s keep this same supportive energy when he makes an error too ⚒
— Phill Joseph (@phill_joseph) March 8, 2020
Looks confident and capable
— Jim Smith (@Mozzer2015) March 8, 2020
Im staying positive… Ngakia is absolute quality, saved the club millions. Our right side looks very good now, just shows what investing in young players can do. #WestHam
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) March 7, 2020
Ngakia future club captain
— Albey (@Albey_H) March 7, 2020
There are also suggestions that he can continue to play ahead of Ryan Fredericks when the 27-year-old returns from injury.
One fan has claimed that he “is so clear of Fredericks it is crazy”, while another claimed there is “no way back” for the former Fulham man.
Before sustaining the injury that gave Ngakia his chance, Fredericks had made 19 Premier League starts this campaign, coming off the bench once more, but he may find game time a lot harder to come by if fans get their wish.
Jeremy Ngakia is so clear of Fredericks it is crazy. New long term improved contract needed for Ngakia for next season! First choice RB 100% #WHUFC
— West Ham Stuff (@WestHamStuff) March 8, 2020
Thought Ngakia was class. No way back for Fredricks as far as I am concerned.
— Jamie (@websterhills) March 7, 2020
Gotta say though, Ngakia is only going to get better with time, so I don’t think Fredericks can automatically claim the RB slot. Ngakia has created chances in every single game he’s played in. And those were against top sides. Can’t say the same for Fredericks.
— ⚒ Shakti ⚒ (@5hakt1) March 7, 2020