Aaron Cresswell has heaped praise on Manuel Lanzini after the West Ham playmaker scored a stunning last-minute equaliser against Tottenham on Sunday evening.
Lanzini, 27, capped off a brilliant comeback for West Ham, who had gone 3-0 down to Spurs within the first 16 minutes.
David Moyes then pulled it back to 3-2 with a goal by Fabian Balbuena in the 82nd minute and an own goal by Serge Aurier three minutes later.
Gareth Bale came off the bench for Spurs and came within inches of scoring on his second debut for the North London club but it was another substitute, Lanzini, who stole the headlines with his last-gasp thunderbolt from outside of the penalty area.
Speaking about the match, defender Cresswell, 30, revealed his pride for Lanzini for the way he never gave up during a tough couple of years at the London Stadium.
“Manu has got that quality,” Cresswell told West Ham’s official website. “Obviously he had a bad injury a couple of years ago and this season probably hasn’t gone the way he wanted so far.
“He’s stuck at it and I couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Lanzini’s appearance off the bench at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was his first league appearance of the season for West Ham.
Of course, that last-minute strike, which was more or less the final kick of the game, will give Moyes some food for thought when it comes to future team selections but the Hammers manager does appear to have struck a good rhythm with his current side.
Lanzini can be a game-changer – Sunday proved that.
When you need someone to step up and provide a moment of magic, he can be that kind of player.
However, he’s not someone who we would like to be seen thrown back into the starting line-up any time soon.
It’s all well and good coming off the bench and scoring a long-range stunner against your local rivals but it’s another thing to start a match and show a level of consistency which has been lacking from Lanzini’s game for quite some time.
For now, let’s enjoy the moment. It will be an iconic goal in the history of West Ham United and let’s remember it for that.
In other West Ham news, this is how Declan Rice helped spark West Ham’s comeback against Spurs.