Just a few days ago West Ham United were trying to flog Manuel Lanzini, now the playmaker is suddenly all the rage.
Having been told he must buy to sell this summer (Claret & Hugh), David Moyes was said to be actively trying to sell Lanzini.
The majority of West Ham fans had given up on waiting for Lanzini to come good.
Insiders rave about Lanzini’s ‘outstanding’ training displays
But an impressive performance in the 5-1 pre-season win over Wycombe Wanderers seems to have altered the landscape.
It was one of Lanzini’s better showings in the last two years.
That suddenly saw a claim from Claret & Hugh that West Ham insiders have been raving about Lanzini’s performances in training.
One insider reportedly told Claret & Hugh: “He has been outstanding in training and everybody has their fingers crossed we are about to see the return of the real Manu Lanzini.”
Supporters have been sceptical.
Hammers fans are right to be sceptical
And they are right to be cautious.
A sense of perspective is needed. After all West Ham were effectively playing a side that finished eighth in a curtailed League One last season. They were then elevated to third on points per game and won an unlikely promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.
What must also be noted is Wycombe had several trialists playing in the match.
This was a million miles away from facing Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City or even Newcastle who West Ham face on the opening day.
Performances in training are all well and good. But the bread and butter for West Ham is the Premier League.
And for a number of years now through injuries and a chronic loss of form – and seemingly a loss of desire too – Lanzini just has not been cutting it.
Beware false prophets
That’s despite – somewhat bafflingly – being handed a new four year contract on £100,000 per week last season.
Moyes wants to build a new-look team around young, hungry players at West Ham.
He won’t be able to, though, unless he can offload the likes of Lanzini and Felipe Anderson.
Failure to do so looks like it has already cost Moyes the chance of signing prime target Eberechi Eze.
The QPR playmaker is exactly the breath of fresh air West Ham need in the creativity department.
Now the 22-year-old now looks set for Crystal Palace instead ( Sky Sports).
Of course everybody at West Ham hopes Lanzini can and will rediscover his best form.
But Hammers fans are too long in the tooth and have seen too many false dawns to give credence to a decent performance in a pre-season friendly against a lower division side.