Frank McAvennie waxes lyrical about West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini after win v Crystal Palace
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Frank McAvennie is blown away by the improvement he’s seen from Manuel Lanzini at West Ham this season.
Lanzini, 28, scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season at the weekend as the Hammers won 3-2 away at Crystal Palace.
The Argentina international has been in and out of David Moyes’ starting line-up this season but really impressed McAvennie in that win at Selhurst Park, suggesting he should may be playing more often.
Speaking to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “The thing about Lanzini now is when they lose the ball, he just chases it. It’s something which he’s brought to his game which is great.
“Remember they had players like Felipe Anderson, who was a quality player, but when he lost the ball the hands would go up and it was all that kind of stuff.
“Now, everyone in the team fights for it and Lanzini has become a better player. He’s stepped up to the mark.
“We saw it happen with [Said] Benrahma and Lanzini’s now an important member of the squad.
“Let’s be honest, it’s a squad game now and I know they may want to play every week but they accept it now.
“You may miss one or two games but you’ll come back in.
“But I’m just delighted for the boy, I do like Lanzini. He and Benrahma must be a joy to train with.”
Lanzini has only started five Premier League matches this season but he now has four goals in his last eight league outings for the Hammers.
He’s clearly enjoying life playing in behind Michail Antonio with Benrahma to one side of him and Jarrod Bowen to the other.
However, that didn’t stop The Mirror reporting via their print edition on 1 January [page 7 of pull-out] that Lanzini could actually be on his way out of the London Stadium this month as he’s no longer a mainstay of West Ham’s starting line-up.
In other West Ham news, an “extraordinary” offer could see the Irons bag this centre-back in January.