Showing off our vital statistics

Having surged to sixth place in the Premiership table this week, it's no surprise to see that West Ham United are significantly represented in the Actim Index - English football's official player rating system and statistical guide.

The Actim Index was first introduced for the 2004-05 season and was devised by statisticians at the University of Salford in partnership with PA Sport. The calculations are based on the four key factors that contribute to a player's effectiveness and his ability to help his team win matches.

The ratings are used to create rankings such as the top 100 Premiership players, the top five goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards, plus the current team of the week and team of the season - categories which all heavily feature West Ham United players.

In fact, the current Team of the Season includes no fewer than THREE in-form Hammers - Anton Ferdinand, Matthew Etherington and Marlon Harewood, making Alan Pardew's men the second most represented Club in the chosen 11 - with Chelsea's Petr Cech, John Terry, William Gallas, Joe Cole and Frank Lampard unsurprisingly dominating the line-up. The remaining three places are taken up by Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand and Ruud Van Nistelrooy, while Steven Gerrard is Liverpool's sole inclusion.

Our top scorer Marlon has also been named in the most recent Team of the Week, following his double strike against Birmingham City on Monday night, and is also in sixth place in the top 100 rankings of Premiership players, with an Index score of 3.96.

The previous Team of the Week, named on February 1, had actually included FOUR Hammers, with Shaka Hislop, Paul Konchesky, Nigel Reo-Coker and Matthew Etherington all named.

Harewood is also joined in the top 100 by Etherington, in 12th place with a score of 3.82, and Ferdinand (16th, 3.70), while also named are Paul Konchesky (22nd, 3.54), Danny Gabbidon (59th, 2.94), Yossi Benayoun (77th, 2.71), Hayden Mullins (80th, 2.63) and Nigel Reo-Coker (93rd, 2.51).

That in turn means Ferdinand is currently in fourth place in the Top Five Defenders, Etherington is third in the Top Five Midfielders, and Harewood is second in the Top Five Forwards.

With history proving that the Actim Index rankings are generally dominated by the most successful Premiership clubs, the current statistics certainly bode well for West Ham United!

Click here to find out more about the Barclays Premiership Actim Index.

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