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West Ham: Aguerd almost cost Moyes

West Ham ended their rotten losing run with a 2-2 draw against Leeds United on Wednesday evening, which may increase the pressure further on David Moyes.

The Hammers fell behind in the first half to Wilfried Gnonto’s superb strike but responded on the brink of half time, with Lucas Paqueta netting confidently from the penalty spot after Jarrod Bowen was tripped.

Gianluca Scamacca then handed Moyes’ side the lead just moments after half-time, capitalising on a slack pass by Brenden Aaronson to smash the ball past Illan Meslier from range.

However, the lead wouldn’t last, as Rodrigo’s impressive finish beat Lukasz Fabianski to ensure that both sides would share the points.

One man who struggled for the Irons on his full Premier League debut was summer signing Nayef Aguerd.

The former Rennes defender, who looked so impressive during Morocco’s historic run to the World Cup semi-finals, had struggled with injury issues since arriving in the summer and was finally given the chance to start at Elland Road but it is fair to say he looked a little suspect alongside Craig Dawson.

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West Ham's Declan Rice

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While he did deny Rodrigo with an excellent last-ditch tackle in the second half, his passing throughout the game was extremely disappointing.

As per Sofascore, the centre-back would earn a poor 6.3/10 rating for his performance, which was the worst of any West Ham player to feature in the game.

During the 90 minutes, Aguerd would lose possession on 15 occasions, despite only having 32 touches of the ball, which emphasises just how poor his distribution was from the back.

The 26-year-old would complete just 13/28 passes on the night, with a shocking pass accuracy rate of just 46%, a significant decrease on the 86.7% he would average at the World Cup with the Atlas Lions.

Just one of Aguerd’s eight long balls in the game were accurate, as he consistently gifted possession back to the home side, so it is fortunate that they were unable to take full advantage and consign the Hammers to yet another defeat.

The Moroccan defender may need more time to fully get up to speed with the Premier League but he cannot continue in that fashion if he wants to be considered a success at the London Stadium. Indeed, he very nearly cost Moyes and his team on Wednesday evening.