Declan Rice: Manuel Lanzini needs to start more for West Ham
West Ham star Declan Rice has revealed that he hopes midfielder Manuel Lanzini can start more games going forward.
The Argentine came off the bench to score in stoppage time of the Hammers’ 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
He has made seven Premier League appearances this season, but all of them have been as a substitute in the final half hour of matches.
Speaking to The Athletic, Rice sang the praises of Lanzini, admitting he wants to see him feature more often.
“Manu is technically so good,” the England international said. “I hate playing against him in training because he wiggles out of everything.
“He has that Argentinian play to him, he plays one and two touch and he’s a great player to play with.
“His form has been excellent every time he’s come on the pitch, so hopefully he can start some games for us.”
Making an impact
If David Moyes is to begin to rotate more as West Ham’s fixture list becomes increasingly congested, Lanzini should certainly be near the top of his list of players in line for a start.
Many supporters were calling for the Argentine to feature more after his substitute appearance against Aston Villa last month.
Lanzini came on with the Hammers 2-1 up, but his introduction helped them pull clear at Villa Park and win 4-1; he got the assist for Jarrod Bowen to round off the scoring.
It means that the 28-year-old has the same number of goal contributions in his last four substitute appearances as Said Benrahma does in his last 11 starts.
Perhaps it is time for the Algerian to drop to the bench, firstly to give him a rest but also to remind him that his place in the number 10 role in the starting XI is not secured.
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