West Ham United boss David Moyes looks to have given up waiting for Manuel Lanzini to come good.
That’s if comments from Jack Wilshere are anything to go by.
According to a recent exclusive report from Football.London, West Ham have not ruled out selling once cherished playmaker Lanzini this summer.
The 27-year-old joined West Ham on loan in the summer of 2015, before making his switch a permanent one the following summer for around £9 million (The Guardian).
He has endured a torrid last 18 months with the Hammers, however.
The little jewel has lost its shine
The Argentine – nicknamed the little jewel – has been a shadow of his former self since returning from a serious knee injury sustained nearly two years ago.
Lanzini was a key player for Moyes during his first spell as West Ham manager back in 2017.
Upon his return to the east London the Scot immediately ditched Pablo Fornals to bring Lanzini back in.
That move neither paid off nor went down well with West Ham fans, many of whom have questioned Lanzini’s desire and workrate since signing a bumper new deal earlier this season.
Moyes eventually had to admit defeat, though, and Lanzini was dropped from the side as West Ham started to improve before football was shutdown due to the global health crisis.
Wilshere comments suggest Moyes has given up on Lanzini
Football.London reported Moyes had lost patience with the midfielder the day before the country went into lockdown.
And if new comments from Wilshere are anything to go by, that looks to be the case.
Wilshere and Lanzini are rivals for the playmaker role in West Ham’s midfield when the season resumes next weekend.
And Wilshere has told whufc.com that he has the backing of Moyes, who is a keen admirer of the former Arsenal man.
“When he (Moyes) first came, I had a few conversations with him and I got the feeling from him that he rated me,” Wilshere told whufc.com.
“But I was still six weeks away from being able to get in front of him and show him what I can do.
“I know he’s been around for years and I’ve been around for years, so he sort of has an idea, but he’s never worked with me so it’s important I show him what I’m about, how I train and what I can bring to the team.”
Playmakers must step up to help Haller for run-in
Moyes has tried but failed to get the best out of Lanzini and Felipe Anderson thus far.
West Ham desperately need a playmaker to step up and start providing ammunition for Sebastien Haller.
The Hammers splashed a record £45million on the striker last summer.
But he has cut a isolated figure for much of the season in an unfamiliar lone forward role.
If Wilshere can vindicate Moyes’s backing he could yet salvage a West Ham career that had looked doomed.