Written by Sam Bettany
West Ham United’s Marko Arnautović is repaying manager David Moyes with spectacular performances after giving the player a central role up front in the absence many first team forwards.
Arnautović was the star player in the Hammer’s dominant victory away to Huddersfield Town, scoring and setting up two goals in a 4-1 win and sending West Ham up to 11th in the table.
His goal came just seconds into the second half after skillfully taking down a flick-on by Cheikhou Kouyaté, setting himself up and pasting home a left foot volley past Terriers keeper Jonas Lössl.
His confidence in this great run of form really shone during both of his assists, in which his role as a centre forward saw him play very direct, taking on Huddersfield Town defenders and skillfully assisting Manuel Lanzini on both occasions.
The 28 year-old Austrian has now scored six goals in seven games along with three assists, and has been a key part of West Ham’s revival under Moyes since taking over as boss in November last year.
After making a £20m move from Stoke City last summer, he looks a completely different player to the one playing under former Hammer boss Slaven Bilic in the first half of the season by failing to score and completing 90 minutes just one game.
He also was sent off during the second game of the season against Southampton, has suffered with illness and was one of the Hammer’s targets of lacking effort during United’s poor start to the season.
However with the Hammers missing strikers Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Michail Antonio due to injury and Javier Hernandez potentially on his way out, Arnautović will have the opportunity to continue to play in his new centre forward position and become West Ham’s key man for the remainder of the season.