Manuel Lanzini sat down with West Ham United’s official website for an exclusive interview and responded when asked what he thinks about his new deep-lying midfield role.

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The 28-year-old has really struggled on the whole since rupturing his ACL in the summer of 2018.

Aside from scoring a wonder goal away at Tottenham, the Argentinian contributed little last season.

That was up until David Moyes deployed Lanzini in the deep-lying midfield role late on in the season away at Burnley.

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Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United with David Moyes (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

And that decision from the Scot may well have salvaged the former River Plate ace’s career at the London Stadium.

Manuel Lanzini loves new position at West Ham

The diminutive play-maker is now being given license to pull the strings for the Hammers from inside his own half.

Lanzini spoke to WHUFC.com and admitted that he is really enjoying his new role:

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West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini has found a new role at the London Stadium (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“For me personally it’s good. I’m feeling very well, it’s a new position for me but I like it. I like it because I get more touches of the ball and can help the team keep possession. It’s good to start to play, to get the minutes and I feel like I’m ready for the new season.”

 

We have to say, Manu has looked excellent in his new position during pre-season.

His technically ability enables us to build play better from inside our own half.

The South American is also afforded more time on the ball in the deep-lying role than he is when he operates in the number 10 position.

Considering the lack of central midfield options David Moyes has at his disposal at West Ham, Lanzini flourishing in the CDM role is a huge bonus for the Scot.

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Let’s hope that he flourishes once again for the Hammers this season and maybe, just maybe, we will have the old Manu back…but in a slightly different form.

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