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West Ham star Manuel Lanzini handed a very unwelcome award after horrendous stats in dismal opening day defeat to Man City

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West Ham star Manuel Lanzini handed a very unwelcome award after horrendous stats in dismal opening day defeat to Man City

West Ham star Manuel Lanzini has been handed a very unwelcome award after horrendous stats in the dismal opening day defeat to Man City.

Not many West Ham players covered themselves in glory in the lacklustre loss to defending Premier League champions Man City at the weekend.

But make no mistake City will do that – and worse – to a lot of very decent teams this season.

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That being said many Hammers fans were still disappointed with the setup and the fact West Ham’s players simply did not lay a glove on their expensively assembled visitors.

There were very few positives to take from the match beyond the fact it meant one of the two games against Man City is out of the way and that David Moyes’ side did not roll over for a hammering.

Beyond the bright substitute appearance of new £35m striker signing Gianluca Scamacca there was little to shout about for West Ham.

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But of all the poor performances it seems one West Ham player in particular caught the eye.

Because West Ham star Manuel Lanzini has been handed a very unwelcome award after horrendous stats in the dismal opening day defeat to Man City.

Football site Matchday365 provides a sideways take on the beautiful game with unique stats, news, and stories.

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And they handed Lanzini the unwelcome award of ‘Cardio man of the week’ for his ’57-minute jog for the ages’ in the defeat to Man City.

Matchday365 said: “Lanzini’s absence was too impressive not to earn our first Cardio Man of the Week honours of the new campaign.”

They listed the Argentine’s stats from the match and it did not make good reading for West Ham fans or the midfielder.

There were a whole lot of zeros on display with no goals, assists, shots on target, take-ons attempted, dribbles completed, key passes made, ground duels won, aerial duels won, fouls won, interceptions made, tackles made, long balls completed and with one foul committed to add to one offside.

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It is no wonder Moyes hooked Lanzini before the hour mark.

But in fairness to the playmaker it was a completely thankless task against City.

Moyes admitted after the game Pep Guardiola had ‘completely outdone’ him tactically by bringing both fullbacks into midfield to outnumber the likes of Lanzini, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.

Hammers fans would still rightly expect better from their talented £100k per week ace, though.

Lanzini proved to be a key player for West Ham last season as Moyes wrestles with the team’s transition from a counter-attacking side to one that has to be better on the ball and more patient in breaking down defences sitting increasingly deeper against the Hammers.

The positive is the only way is up for Lanzini and many of his teammates after stats like these.

Hopefully starting with Forest away on Sunday.

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