Pablo Zabaleta: My 2018/19 West Ham United season

Pablo Zabaleta celebrates the 3-0 victory at Newcastle in December 2018


Pablo Zabaleta played an important role again for West Ham United in his second season in Claret and Blue. The veteran right-back was reunited with his former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and started 23 times in the Premier League, including wins over Everton, Manchester United and Arsenal, to name but three, as the Hammers secured a top-ten finish...

2018/19 Statistics
Appearances: 27
Minutes played: 2,181
Assists: 1
Clean Sheets: 4

Did you know?
Pablo Zabaleta registered just one assist in 2018/19, but it was an important and memorable one, for it was his cross which Felipe Anderson backheeled past David De Gea to set West Ham United on the way to a 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester United at London Stadium on 29 September.

2018/19 in his own words…

Sum up the 2018/19 season in three words!
Fantastic. Improved. Great.

What was your favourite memory of the campaign?
My favourite moment was beating Manchester United at home for so many reasons. Obviously it was an important win for us as it was our first victory at London Stadium in the Premier League. It also followed our first win of the season in the league at Everton. I managed to get an assist for Felipe's goal, plus it's always nice to get one over United!

What was your best personal moment?
Signing a new contract. I have enjoyed my two seasons at West Ham so far and I want to keep playing for this fantastic club. Manuel Pellegrini wanted me to play on and I am looking forward to seeing how he grows the squad next season.


Pablo Zabaleta and Declan Rice in training at Rush Green


Who was your Hammer of the Year?
For me, I think because I have been here for two years now and I've seen him grow and develop, make improvements, make his first international appearances and because I like to see the young lads do well, I'm going to say Declan Rice, but I'd also make a special mention for Lukasz Fabianski.

Who scored our Goal of the Season?
The one Felipe Anderson scored against Crystal Palace, the curler into the top corner. The season before, it was 100 per cent either Pedro Obiang against Spurs at Wembley or Nobes' volley at Leicester, but this season it was not so clear-cut!

Who was the best player in the Premier League this season?
Raheem Sterling.

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