West Ham boss David Moyes addressed the media after his side’s 4-1 thumping at Leicester last night, and admitted that his side are crying out for Manuel Lanzini to return to his best form, as quoted by Football.London.
The 26-year-old joined the Hammers on loan for the 2015/16 campaign, and made his switch a permanent one the following year for around £9 million (The Daily Mail).
The Argentina international was an instant hit at West Ham, and it seemed like he was going to be a hugely important player for the club over the next decade.
Lanzini signed a new four-year deal in the summer of 2019, but ever since then, his form has nose-dived.
The former River Plate man has been nothing more than a passenger when he has played this season, and that is being kind to him.
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Many Hammers fans have been fuming with Lanzini’s work-rate recently too, and that is something that he must address as an absolute bare minimum.
Moyes suggested that his team are in desperate need of the mercurial Argentine returning to his very best form, as quoted by Football.London:
“We are really crying out for Manuel Lanzini to return and come back to the level he was at.”
There are fears amongst the West Ham fans that it could be too late for Lanzini. Perhaps he was never quite as good as we all first thought? Or perhaps he quite simply doesn’t want to be at the London Stadium anymore?
Who knows, but one thing is for certain, Moyes must surely drop Lanzini for the next few games and start Pablo Fornals instead. It might just give the South American the motivation he needs to return to his best.