West Ham United have been patchy this season thus far, choosing up a victory usually to then have it adopted up with a demoralising loss.
October was a tough month in fact for David Moyes’ Hammers, thumped on their travels to Villa Park up towards Unai Emery‘s devastating Aston Villa 4-1 while a slim 1-0 dwelling defeat to Everton noticed the likes of Jarrod Bowen and different essential attackers for Moyes’ males hearth blanks as Dominic Calvert-Lewin finally received the tight contest for the Toffees.
Mohammed Kudus and Lucas Paqueta are standing out as fan favourites for the Hammers, the 2 midfielders providing eight goal contributions between them in all competitions with Kudus proving to be an instantaneous hit with the London Stadium devoted after leaving Ajax for the Irons on the finish of August.
The Hammers, nonetheless, have a star away from the membership at this current second in time that is now outscoring both Kudus and Paqueta in Andy Irving, the Scottish midfielder despatched again out on mortgage to far-away SK Austria Klagenfurt to ply his commerce after signing for the Hammers surprisingly on deadline day.
He has picked up instantly from the place he left off in a Klagenfurt jersey, slotting straight again into central midfield because the aspect’s most important inventive, goalscoring spark.
Irving’s model of play
Previously of Hearts of Midlothian and third-tier German aspect Türkgücü München earlier than venturing additional to new pastures, Irving caught the eye of West Ham off the again of his fashionable shows in Austria.
Working predominantly from central midfield – though Irving has performed in an unorthodox centre ahead sometimes – Irving’s most important set of abilities contain his passing vary regardless of being an imposing 6 foot 2 presence – accurately distributing six of his eight attempted long passes final outing for Klagenfurt in a 2-2 draw versus RB Salzburg per Sofascore.
Intelligent and complex on the ball – creating house everywhere in the pitch repeatedly to start assaults – the ex-Hearts man can also be adept at ending off alternatives together with his numbers in entrance of purpose this season seeing him outperform West Ham first-team stalwarts Kudus and Paqueta.
Irving’s numbers this season
Irving has six goal contributions of his own within the Austrian Bundesliga from 12 matches performed, essential in his aspect’s efforts to complete excessive up within the division to compete with SK Sturm Graz.
In his first match of the season, Irving would single handedly drag his crew over the road to a victory over WSG Tirol with two goals and an assist leading to Klagenfurt overcoming their opponents 3-1.
Receiving a near-perfect 9.6 Sofascore rating from this encounter, the Edinburgh-born midfielder was instrumental in each optimistic to return from that recreation from a Flagenfurt perspective – the opener ensuing from a pleasant Irving supply into the field, twisting and turning his marker earlier than sending within the cross for Sinan Karweina to move dwelling.
The Scotsman then received two objectives of his personal, the second of which noticed the Klagenfurt quantity 19 dance on the ball in harm time earlier than hammering an effort into the web previous the WSG Tirol goalkeeper for 3-1.
A switch deal that felt like a bolt from the blue on the time – the Hammers choosing up an unheard expertise from the Austrian Bundesliga – now looks like a shrewd little bit of enterprise, with Irving readying himself for first-team alternatives when he jets again to England on the finish of this mortgage deal.