McAvennie raves about Lanzini after West Ham win v Burnley
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Frank McAvennie has paid tribute to Manuel Lanzini and Said Benrahma as they returned to the West Ham starting line-up on Monday night.
Both players were vital in a 2-1 win away at Burnley which keeps the Irons in the hunt to qualify for the Champions League.
Benrahma, 25, assisted one of Michail Antonio’s two goals while Lanzini, 28, showcased his ability to perform in the middle of the park in a rare start for the Argentine.
“Lanzini and Benrahma, two wonderful players. Brilliant,” McAvennie told West Ham Zone.
“It’s a shame about the injuries but they’ve shown their resolve.
“I’ve always like Lanzini, I think he’s a wonderful player, but for some reason, there was him and Benrahma in the team and I was thinking, ‘this better work – especially against Burnley’.
“They worked their socks off.
“They didn’t just look good on the ball they were good without the ball as well.
“Credit to them because sometimes you get players like Lanzini who have that much talent but don’t want to do the hard work and the dirty work. But they all did, they’re all buying into this with David Moyes.”
It was a superb performance by West Ham as they went three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with just four matches to play.
We haven’t really seen Lanzini or Benrahma shine on a consistent basis this season in the Premier League but both of them stood out on Monday night at Turf Moor.
The 28-year-old had started just three Premier League fixtures before the win over Burnley this week and has mainly been used in an attack role by David Moyes.
But this time, he was played more centrally, alongside Tomas Soucek in the midfield as Mark Noble missed out.
Lanzini did his job tremendously well and we can see why McAvennie was so delighted.
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