We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium…
Manuel Lanzini could be disappointed by West Ham’s reported refusal to allow him to join Paris Saint-Germain in the winter transfer window, according to Frank McAvennie.
Football Insider reported last week that PSG failed in a late bid to sign Lanzini, 28, on deadline day after the Ligue 1 giants did not agree a deal for Tottenham’s Dele Alli.
It was reported that although Lanzini has struggled for game-time in the East End this season, David Moyes feels he still has a role to play in claret and blue.
While ex-Irons striker McAvennie admires Lanzini’s talent and trust Moyes’ judgement when it comes to the squad, he cannot help but get the feeling that the Argentina international will have his feathers ruffled by not being allowed to join PSG.
“I’m a big fan of his. He’s not been playing,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.
“All credit to David because he’s got the team he wants but he just needs another two of three players to have a right decent squad there so I’m glad Lanzini’s there.
“But listen, if he’s not getting a game for West Ham and they blocked a move, I wouldn’t have been too happy if PSG came in for me. That might upset him a wee bit.”
Lanzini has played 18 times in all competitions for West Ham this season but has only managed to start three matches in the Premier League.
The Argentinian playmaker stunned supporters with his goal to earn a 3-3 draw with Tottenham back in October but since then, his contribution to Moyes’ attack has been low.
Jarrod Bowen, Jesse Lingard and Said Benrahma now seem to be Moyes’ creators-in-chief but that doesn’t mean Lanzini’s career at the London Stadium is over.
In fact, he started and played just over an hour as the Hammers beat Sheffield United 3-0 on Monday.
Lanzini is a talented player and we believe Moyes was right to keep him when something as big as European qualification is on the cards this season.
In other West Ham news, Moyes claims there’s a lot more to come from the Irons after their win over Sheffield United.