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Player profile and performance records.

Lucas Paqueta (Midfielder)

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Lucas Paqueta

Paqueta Island, Brazil
Squad Number: 10
Position: Midfielder
Born: 27th Aug 1997 (Paqueta Island, Brazil)
Signed: 29th Aug 2022 (£36,770,000)
Contract: 5 years + 1 year option
Previous Club: Lyon

KUMB Awards: None.

The fee for the Brazilian international was confirmed by former club Lyon to be ?,?61.63million (??52.76million) which includes potential bonuses of ?,?18.68million (??16million), which are to be "spread over the player's five-year contract and which may accrue an additional incentive of 10% on any capital gain".

That means West Ham's initial payment for Paqueta was ?,?42.95million (??36.77million) - still below the ??45million paid to Eintracht Frankfurt for Sebastien Haller in 2019 but should all bonuses be paid, the club's record transfer fee by some considerable margin.



Paqueta changed his shirt number from number 11 to number 10 in July 2023.

 

vs Brentford

4-2: Monday, 26th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Faded as the game went on, recovering his fitness will take a little time, but his influence cannot be quantified easily. The whole team, every player, looked a different proposition with him on the pitch. His link play was vital, and he also has a little bit of an edge that riles opponents, and also wins us freekicks that can disrupt.

vs Bristol City

1-1: Sunday, 7th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Didn't make 15 minutes, but pulled out an assist that you wouldn't fancy anyone else in that team could have provided.

vs Arsenal

2-0: Tuesday, 26th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Did a fine job defending that flank and holding onto possession during his time on the pitch. Hopefully a short injury.

vs Arsenal

2-0: Tuesday, 26th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Played well in the limited time he was on the pitch.

vs Manchester United

2-0: Saturday, 23rd December
(Played 90 minutes)

Irresistable when he's in this kind of mood. The lofted pass with the outside of the boot that led to Bowen's opening goal was simply outrageous.

vs Liverpool

1-5: Wednesday, 20th December
(Played 33 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Benrahma, 57) Didn?EUR(TM)t do anything in the game as the tie was already done.

vs Freiburg

2-0: Thursday, 14th December
(Played 90 minutes)

The odd sloppy moment, the odd brilliant one. Great pass to get Alvarez moving for his goal, a nice chance created for Emerson, and so unlucky to hit the bar. But then he plays a careless pass or dallies in possession and the opposition can counter.

vs Fulham

0-5: Saturday, 9th December
(Played 90 minutes)

He's looked lost out wide lately, but failed spectacularly as a 10 in a central area. Didn't seem to want to get in and do the work defensively, but only really showed one moment where he could offer an attacking threat. His dip in form is staggering now.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Tuesday, 5th December
(Played 90 minutes)

A poor first-half performance was made up for with a great second-half performance. Some excellent game management towards the end as well.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Tuesday, 5th December
(Played 90 minutes)

A poor first half, where he looked lost and disinterested, became a much better second half. He's a very good defender when he's put to the task.

vs Crystal Palace

1-1: Saturday, 2nd December
(Played 90 minutes)

Poor performance by his standards as he failed to live up to his usual best.

vs Nottingham Forest

3-2: Sunday, 12th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Took his goal brilliantly and roamed once more from that left wing position to influence the game. Probably could have finished it a couple times late on, one way or another, but the Brazilian left his mark on the game and fought for the points.

vs Nottingham Forest

3-2: Sunday, 12th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Great reactions for the first goal and dictated the game throughout. Could have been an eight if his decision making was better.

vs Olympiacos

1-0: Thursday, 9th November
(Played 90 minutes)

A wonderful goal, created some good chances and battled well in midfield. Some of the histrionics could be cut out.

vs Olympiacos

1-0: Thursday, 9th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Great finish for the winner but in the game he didn't really provide any impact.

vs Arsenal

3-1: Wednesday, 1st November
(Played 90 minutes)

Back to his best in this game with an entertaining performance whilst also doing the physical side excellently.

vs Arsenal

3-1: Wednesday, 1st November
(Played 90 minutes)

The best player on the pitch, and he made it look like Arsenal had bought the wrong midfielder. Just much better in the middle, both individually and for the team. Creates, fights, smart and feisty, it just works. Led attacks, played cute balls, even brought out the tricks towards the end.

vs Everton

0-1: Saturday, 28th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Created our best chances of the game but was pretty poor on the ball, which is unlike him.

vs Everton

0-1: Saturday, 28th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Petulance got him suspended, and it interrupted his game too often. A second week where a bit of space in the box leads to him trying the acrobatic when he could make a simpler and more effective choice.

vs Olympiacos

1-2: Thursday, 26th October
(Played 32 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fornals 58) Rating would be a lot lower if he didn't score that spectacular goal as he gave the ball away on three occasions when West Ham were building attacks.

vs Olympiacos

1-2: Thursday, 26th October
(Played 32 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Fornals 58) Attitude was appalling, but he's also a madly talented nuisance and took his goal beautifully. Spent the rest of it fouling players who he'd let tackle him.

vs Aston Villa

1-4: Saturday, 21st October
(Played 90 minutes)

Tidy in the first half but soon tailed off in the second half when he gave the ball away for the penalty.

vs Aston Villa

1-4: Saturday, 21st October
(Played 90 minutes)

vs Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 7th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Some beautiful football, the best player on the pitch overall. Very good work when put up front, just working himself hard to defend, bring others in and being all-round tactically aware.

vs Sheffield United

2-0: Saturday, 30th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Roamed centrally when he felt starved of the ball, and always influences the team. He?EUR(TM)s the heartbeat, and his quieter second half influenced the team in that respect, too.

vs FK TSC Backa Topola

3-1: Thursday, 21st September
(Played 90 minutes)

Right to be furious with Antonio for a wasting the chance the Brazilian created. Controlled West Ham's game, which meant he controlled the game.

vs Luton Town

2-1: Friday, 1st September
(Played 90 minutes)

Got into the battle, kept his head, and in a game with little space, played with intensity, the cohesive unit in the middle won it, and Paqueta then did what you pay the big money for, he stood up and created the goal.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

3-1: Saturday, 26th August
(Played 90 minutes)

The appeal of Paqueta in a more orthodox left midfield role makes sense in a game like this, but it really only works when stuck defending this much. He's a game defender, and you could see why a dominant possession side might want him in deeper midfield positions. Pulled out a great pass to Antonio.

vs Bournemouth

1-1: Saturday, 12th August
(Played 90 minutes)

If it was to be his final game for West Ham, there was no indication this might be the case. The Brazilian himself into every challenge and produced a fully-committed performance.

vs Fiorentina

2-1: Wednesday, 7th June
(Played 90 minutes)

He started to cause some problems in the second half, but it would have gone down as a performance on the fringes until that pass. It was perfection in a moment, the only choice, and one made and delivered with the precision required.

vs Leicester City

1-2: Sunday, 28th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Played within himself, on the fringes of things as he kept out of any battle and danced his way through the game. Paqueta looked like a player who wanted to have fun, but without wanting to work for it.

vs Leeds United

3-1: Sunday, 21st May
(Played 90 minutes)

His influence on the game grew and grew, and as it became relaxed and the football became fun, he excelled. He brings out the best in others when it comes to linking play and putting on a show.

vs AZ Alkmaar

1-0: Thursday, 18th May
(Played 90 minutes)

The pick of the bunch. Supported Antonio fantastically, outclassed his opponents constantly and had the physical strength to bully them when the silky skills didn't. He now looks completely at home in this side, making brilliant runs and breaks on the counter, finding better passes for the direct runners and threatening goal more. He's the key.

vs AZ Alkmaar

2-1: Thursday, 11th May
(Played 90 minutes)

When he was good, he was a joy to watch. But he abject at the start of the second half and was lucky to stay on. Came to life with Benrahma and his touch is often superb.

vs Manchester United

1-0: Sunday, 7th May
(Played 90 minutes)

Some unbelievable touches from the Brazilian, who is finally beginning to find his feet following his move from Lyon last summer. Still gives the ball away a little too cheaply at times, which on this occasion didn't prove costly.

vs Manchester City

0-3: Wednesday, 3rd May
(Played 90 minutes)

Realistically, it?EUR(TM)s a 7/10 performance. But in a game where West Ham were drilled and solid, but not that exciting, Paquet?? looked confident on the ball where others didn?EUR(TM)t, and added in sprinkles of exciting skill to get the fans off their feet.

vs Crystal Palace

3-4: Saturday, 29th April
(Played 90 minutes)

He looked tired as it went on against Liverpool, and that came into this game with him. Never at the pace of things.

vs Liverpool

1-2: Wednesday, 26th April
(Played 90 minutes)

The more he influences games, the better West Ham look. An excellent goal, but it?EUR(TM)s the way he?EUR(TM)s demanding the ball and orchestrating things that really shines.

vs Bournemouth

4-0: Sunday, 23rd April
(Played 90 minutes)

It might be that the freedom to play almost alongside Antonio has helped, but it's more likely that good performances from the attacking unit have unlocked Paqueta. The header was bruising, but he just seemed to fit within the structure more than ever. Having Antonio looking sharp and moving better is a huge help.

vs Gent

4-1: Thursday, 20th April
(Played 90 minutes)

A very good performance, if you ignore the awful error which gifted Gent the lead. Those moments happen too often with Paquet??, just lazy, sloppy passes and touches. Cut them out and continue his growing influence on the good things we do and he'll be a star.

vs Arsenal

2-2: Sunday, 16th April
(Played 90 minutes)

Grew into the game in the second half, but was good pushing hard on that press and won the penalty. Needs to cut out some of the casual play that he gets caught on.

vs Newcastle United

1-5: Wednesday, 5th April
(Played 90 minutes)

One of the few who keeps battling, one of the few who kept trying to play. Let down by a slack team around him. Soucek is a problem in midfield, we don't have a good striker to play into or to make runs, Benrahma was a non-entity. He is being judged to a different standard from the rest, based on people's expectations of an expensive Brazilian.

vs Southampton

1-0: Sunday, 2nd April
(Played 90 minutes)

10 tackles in a league game is the highest for a West Ham player since Mo Diame in 2012. A couple of those were tackles he had to make after losing the ball, but his grit was a big positive in a very hard to enjoy game. It also gives credence to those who believe we have enough defensively to not need a third battler like Soucek.

vs AEK Larnaca

4-0: Thursday, 16th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Never really got out of first gear, but played some lovely linking football and appeared to enjoy having Lanzini and Fornals around him.

vs Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 12th March
(Played 90 minutes)

Was quietly good until he got booked, and then it felt a risk to keep him on. He was always going to be replaced once it happened, and it was a needless yellow. He has a habit of picking those up. But he was doing well on the ball from box-to-box, won the penalty and created chances.

vs AEK Larnaca

2-0: Thursday, 9th March

(Replaced Lanzini 77) Poor passing and then missed a big chance.

vs Brighton & Hove Albion

0-4: Saturday, 4th March
(Played 90 minutes)

The midfield issues were one symptom of a disjointed team that didn't do enough defending on the front foot, was exposed when pressing meekly and then outplayed by Brighton on the ball. Was always going to be hard for Rice and Paqueta with how poor the front three (and later two) were, as well as Soucek's inability to play under any pressure.

vs Manchester United

1-3: Wednesday, 1st March
(Played 90 minutes)

The midfield was having a strong game until they were really tested, at which point they crumbled. A wild booking for a sloppy hack on Garnacho was a real contrast to the swagger he had played with when West Ham were on top.

vs Nottingham Forest

4-0: Saturday, 25th February
(Played 90 minutes)

He doesn't really run a game like you would hope, but the price tag probably gives a different impression than the player he is. It was the moment with the second goal, where he calmly beats a man by flicking it over his head, takes it down and then plays the right pass. He's also a better defender than he's given credit for, which means the manager could play Fornals or Lanzini over someone like Soucek and not be an obvious risk.

vs Chelsea

1-1: Saturday, 11th February
(Played 90 minutes)

Remains to be seen how serious an injury it was, but West Ham defended better after he was withdrawn, granted he only played 13 minutes.

vs Newcastle United

1-1: Saturday, 4th February
(Played 90 minutes)

A little iffy moments when caught on the ball, and he may have been better served getting proper control of the ball when losing it for the first goal, but a very energetic performance and clear signs that his partnership with Rice is growing. Showed more attacking intent and deserved his goal, which he took with a composure severely lacking across this squad.

vs Everton

2-0: Saturday, 21st January
(Played 90 minutes)

It is great to see Paquet?? making this midfield work. His passing has helped the team, and taken a burden off Rice, but he digs in and seems to enjoy the defensive work, too. He needs a game where he just runs the show to really settle his reputation with the fans, but they really should be enjoying the beauty and the graft that combine in his work.

vs Wolves

0-1: Saturday, 14th January
(Played 90 minutes)

He did try to press at times, and he does pass it better than most our players, but it wasn?EUR(TM)t something that really worked today, and he looked lost as we went chasing.

vs Brentford

1-0: Saturday, 7th January
(Played 90 minutes)

He's given an extra point for giving this reporter something to watch in a game so incredibly boring to sit through. Endeavour to create, to set a tempo, to find space and find clever passes is just so refreshing in a team that lacks imagination once it's out of form. Sure, it didn't always come off, but it's no surprise the best attacking move of the game came from his passing.

vs Leeds United

2-2: Wednesday, 4th January
(Played 90 minutes)

Probably West Ham's best player. The midfield is, for the first time this season, looking functional, and that is because the manager has finally understood he can get more from Paqueta starting deeper. The penalty was superb, and the little touches he does have purpose, which should be noted by one or two in this squad.

vs Arsenal

1-3: Monday, 26th December
(Played 90 minutes)

Frustrating, as his close control and intelligence under pressure often helped his team play out, or won a foul to relieve pressure. But his passing, the important ones, that could have been incisive, well, it wasn?EUR(TM)t good enough.

vs Leicester City

0-2: Saturday, 12th November
(Played 90 minutes)

It's difficult to describe the game Paqueta had. He was creative but wasteful, dangerous but blunt. There were chances, both in terms of shooting and final passes, that just needed a better touch or a bit of luck. Neither were found. He was involved and passes well, but it didn't click into gear.

vs Crystal Palace

1-2: Sunday, 6th November
(Played 90 minutes)

Maybe a touch charitable, but gets credit for trying to use movement and make things happen in deeper areas, as well as an assist and looking the only capable player of passing a ball well.

vs Southampton

1-1: Sunday, 16th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Eventually, he?EUR(TM)s going to have to be more clinical in front of goal, but the Brazilian was left to be sole creator for much of the game and made things happen. Some sloppy passes, and he really should have put the header away, but his influence is growing.

vs Anderlecht

2-1: Thursday, 13th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Quietly brilliant. A joy to watch.

vs Fulham

3-1: Sunday, 9th October
(Played 90 minutes)

Still sometimes wants a little more time than he's allowed, but is starting to grow in influence and make connections with his teammates. Lovely touches, isn't afraid to just play a simple flick pass first time when others want time to consider their option.

vs RSC Anderlecht

1-0: Thursday, 6th October
(Played 21 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Benrahma 69) Another who just has a level of class that was missing last year. Nice assist.

vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

2-0: Saturday, 1st October
(Played 90 minutes)

Very hard to judge, on first viewing. This is one where I await what our tactical minds and analysts see from a second watch, because he seemed to be a part of some of our best passing moves, but still not quite in the spaces he operates best in.

vs Everton

0-1: Sunday, 18th September
(Played 90 minutes)

A harsh five, but it was more due to his lack of real impact on events. He was neat with the ball, a 95% accuracy suggesting one misplaced pass, but there was no creativity, no incision, no influence.

vs Silkeborg

3-2: Thursday, 15th September
(Played 90 minutes)

Neat, tidy, smart with the ball. Nothing showy, nothing too impressive, but just assured.

vs FCSB

3-1: Thursday, 8th September
(Played 45 minutes, sub)

(Replaced Lanzini 46) Good ball for the penalty, controlled, worked hard.

vs Chelsea

1-2: Saturday, 3rd September
(Played 90 minutes)

Not so much jogo bonito here, it was actually his defensive work and battling in the middle that gets the plaudits, including some important defending in his own box in the second half. Doesn't look too flash or soft for Moyes and the Premier League, that's for sure. Promising early signs.

vs Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Wednesday, 31st August
(Played 23 minutes, sub)

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.

Lucas Paqueta did not play for West Ham during this season.