West Ham missed the chance to close the gap on the top seven in the Premier League after conceding a last-minute equaliser to West Brom on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s men looked set to take all three points when goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini cancelled out Nacer Chadli’s opener in the first half, only for Jonny Evans to rise highest and head home past Darren Randolph, with the aid of a touch from Albion defender Gareth McAuley.
The result meant that the Hammers slipped one place to tenth following Stoke’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, while Tony Pulis’ Baggies consolidated eighth place in the table, given that they are five points clear of Mark Hughes’ Stoke.
It was a tough opening few months of the season for West Ham, although they have now netted 34 goals in their 25 Premier League matches, which means that many of their attacking players have performed well over the course of the campaign.
But which one has been their most creative player in the top-flight this term?
With Dimitri Payet having left for Marseille last month, it’s former Reading and Nottingham Forest man Michail Antonio who narrowly beats Manuel Lanzini to top spot.
The Englishman, who earned two call-ups to the national team last year but didn’t play, is the club’s top-scorer with eight goals this term, while his tally of three assists, all of which came in the same game against Palace last month, means he tops that list as well.
Although Lanzini has created two more chances this season than the 26-year-old (27 to 25), Antonio has averaged 2.5 dribbles per match, and has been fouled more often than his Argentine teammate, 1.4 to 0.7.
With more shots on goal as well (Antonio averages 2.6 to Lanzini’s 1.6), it’s clear that he is one of the main men at the London Stadium at present, and he’s certainly the one that helped get them through a very tricky spell earlier in the campaign.
The winger has been in sensational form this season, and Bilic will need the 26-year-old to continue that right through until May if they are to put pressure on the European spots.