Sheffield United player grades in 2-0 West Ham defeat

Sheffield United continues their winless streak in the Premier League after a 2-0 loss at the London Stadium to West Ham. The damage was inflicted in the first half, with two goals scored within a span of 13 minutes. Captain John Egan was forced off early in the second half due to an injury.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 30: Jarrod Bowen of West Ham United celebrates after scoring the team’s first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Sheffield United at London Stadium on September 30, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Player grades

Wes Foderingham: 6

Made an impressive save at the 15-minute mark, preventing Bowen’s header and maintaining a goalless score. However, had little chance to stop the subsequent goals, both scored from close range and his defence let him down.

Jayden Bogle: 6

Consistent performance on the right side; never looked uncomfortable defensively, also found a few promising attacking positions but couldn’t carve out an opening.

Anel Ahmedhodzic: 6

Bounced back from last week’s performance against Newcastle with a more dependable display. Shifted to the center after Egan’s substitution and nearly provided United with a chance to get back into the match but was thwarted by the keeper.

John Egan: 6 

Left the game 10 minutes into the second half due to a leg injury, seeming to be in discomfort. 

Jack Robinson: 6

Demonstrated excellent game reading, staying alert to potential threats numerous times by sweeping up through balls aimed for Antonio, and posed a significant danger with his long throws.

Vinícius Souza: 6

Lost possession in the first half and conceded a free-kick for a foul on Bowen right at the edge of the area. But he should’ve been helped out by Cameron Archer who should’ve offered himself as an option in the channel. Additionally, was the nearest player to Soucek for the second goal but failed to track his run into the box after Hamer’s pass was intercepted. 

He almost scored from close range, but a deflection off a corner sent the effort over the bar. Showed good recovery to prevent Michail Antonio from having a free strike from six yards.

In the second half he spearheaded attacks, but the more creative players couldn’t split open a regimented West Ham defence.

Gustavo Hamer: 6

Started energetically, maintaining composure in possession until the second goal, where a poor pass from midfield to the wing was well read by the opposition. Hamer wasn’t as threatening in the final third as he has been in previous games. Passing range was a little off.

James McAtee: 4 

Drifted inconsistently throughout the game. Exhibited promise initially with a delightful give-and-go with McBurnie and demonstrated nimble footwork in attacking the area but struggled to make a significant impact.

Oli McBurnie: 6 

Made a notable return to the team, showcasing a commendable performance. Established a good partnership with McAtee and executed an excellent flick to find Archer. Although presented with a prime opportunity to bring United back into the game after the second goal, he unfortunately dragged his effort wide.

Cameron Archer: 4 

Encountered misfortune in the first half with a chance at goal, but an exceptional block resulted in his effort being deflected. Needs to show more workrate and definitely needs to improve his ability to shield defenders.


Basham 5 (Egan, 56)

Davies 6 (McAtee, 70)

Slimane 6 (Hamer, 79)

Brewster 5 (Archer, 79)

Trusty 6 (Bogle, 79)


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