By Pranav Shahaney

1st Jan, 2022 | 7:17pm

Alan Curbishley compares West Ham attacker Manuel Lanzini to Paolo di Canio

West Ham attacker Manuel Lanzini has been compared to Paolo di Canio for his finish against Crystal Palace on Saturday (January 1).

The Argentina international scored the second goal as the Hammers beat Palace 3-2 on the night.

Lanzini showed just how clutch he is as he slotted the ball past Vicente Guaita to add to his side’s lead.

In the half-time show on Premier League Productions, Michael Owen was in awe of the finish.

He said, “His first touch is good but the second one is absolutely sensational.”

To which former Hammers boss Alan Curbishley responded, “Great goal. It was Di Canio like.”

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It was a truly wonderful goal from Lanzini and merited all the praise that it received.

He picked up the pass from Declan Rice and showed plenty of composure to get the ball under control.

Without any hesitation, he picked the spot he wanted the ball to end up in and found the back of the net with ease.

With Said Benrahma leaving for his AFCON duties, Lanzini has cemented his spot in David Moyes’ starting eleven.

Performances like these will go a long way in order to get himself an improved contract at the club.

It’s a testament to his hard work that he was nearly on his way out in the summer and he’s now become one of the club’s most important players.

In other West Ham news, ExWHUemployee has issued a major injury update with a ‘Brilliant’ player set to be out for up to three months

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