Six West Ham stars most at risk of being sin binned includes the team’s best player and will seriously worry David Moyes.
Football as we knew it has changed beyond recognition in recent years and not always for the better as West Ham fans will testify.
Although West Ham has VAR to thank for helping the club to its first major trophy for 43 years, supporters – like most across the country – are against the technology as it is being used currently.
More change is on the way too.
Because sin bins are to be trialled in professional football as part of new IFAB law proposals.
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And that will give West Ham boss David Moyes, should he remain in the job for next season, plenty more to think – or should that be worry – about.
A proposed trial where only the team captain can approach the referee “in certain major game situations” was given the green light at the IFAB’s Annual Business Meeting in London on Tuesday.
It was also agreed sin bins “for dissent and specific tactical offences” should be trialled at higher levels following their successful implementation in grassroots football.
But what might that mean in reality for the Hammers?
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Well the six West Ham stars most at risk of being sin binned includes the team’s best player and will seriously worry Moyes.
West Ham have six players in the Premier League’s top 100 when it comes to fouls committed.
And they would be most at risk of being sin-binned under the new trial said to be set for the Premier League next term.
The West Ham player who commits the most fouls just so happens to be their best too – a certain Lucas Paqueta.
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The Hammers’ Brazilian magnifico has committed 22 fouls in the Premier League this season – the joint sixth highest in the top flight.
It will be no surprise to West Ham fans that El Machin Edson Alvarez is next with 16 fouls – the joint 22nd most.
Left-back Emerson has 14 – joint 38th highest in the Prem – Michail Antonio has 13 (joint 51st) and Czech mates Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek have both committed 11 (joint 89th).
Mohammed Kudus is just outside the top 100 with 10 fouls committed – and most of his would be classified as the offending “tactical fouls” when tracking back to stop an opposition attack.
Losing the likes of Paqueta for as many as 10 minutes each time could have a major impact.
It will certainly give Moyes and other managers food for thought ahead of next term.