Diop tops August's 'most minutes played' table

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 2nd September 2019

Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals were the only players to feature in all five of West Ham United's August fixtures.

As the table below reveals, the outstanding young French defender was the only member of Manuel Pellegrini's squad to play every single minute of every match in the opening month of the season.

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And even though he featured for little more than half as much as Diop, Spanish midfielder Fornals was the only other player to appear in all five games - even though four of his appearances came as a substitute.

Only six players - from a total of 23 used by Pellegrini in August - featured in all four league fixtures.

The aforementioned Diop and Fornals were joined by Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Declan Rice and Manuel Lanzini in representing the Hammers against Manchester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Watford and Norwich City.

Man CityB&HAWatfordNewportNorwichTOTAL
1. Issa Diop9090909090450
2. Lukasz Fabianski909090090360
2. Ryan Fredericks909090-90360
2. Declan Rice909090090360
5. Manuel Lanzini909088-90358
6. Felipe Anderson66-788388315
7. Sebastien Haller90-90090270
7. Arthur Masuaku-9090-90270
7. Angelo Ogbonna09090090270
10. Robert Snodgrass3390-9019232
11. Jack Wilshere5790-82-229
12. Pablo Fornals457712902226
13. Fabian Balbuena9000900180
13. Aaron Cresswell90--90-180
15. Mark Noble--90-85175
16. Andriy Yarmolenko-1355-71139
17. Michail Antonio4545357-132
18. Javier Hernandez2483---107
19. Carlos Sanchez072905104
20. Roberto00090090
20. Pablo Zabaleta00090090
20. Albian Ajeti-0090090
23. Conor Coventry---8-8
24. Ben Johnson---0-0
Key: '-' denotes not included in squad; '0' denotes an unused sub

Meanwhile young midfielder Conor Coventry enjoyed the fewest minutes on field, with just eight to his name after he appeared as a late replacement for Jack Wilshere against Newport County in the Carabao Cup.

The only player to feature in the first team squad and not make a single appearance during August was full back Ben Johnson, who was an unused substitute in the same match.

Taking the above figures into account, Pellegrini's most popular starting XI for the month of August was as follows:

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