Tony Cottee claimed that Manuel Lanzini is West Ham’s best player, when speaking exclusively to Claret and Hugh.
The Argentine joined the Hammers on an initial season-long loan deal in the summer of 2015.
He then made his move a permanent one the following summer for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £10.8 million, according to Football.London.
Lanzini, who earns £70,000 per week according to Spotrac, instantly established himself as a firm fan favourite in east London.
The 26-year-old has been one of West Ham’s best, most consistent players over the past four years, but following his recent return from injury, he has struggled for form.
Cottee believes the 5ft 6in ace isn’t far away from returning to his best, however.
The former Hammers striker told Claret and Hugh how he believes Lanzini is West Ham’s best player:
“As far as Manu is concerned I’d sat he’s probably just two games away from his very best again because after such an injury there’s a pattern that usually kicks in. When you come back you are performing on adrenaline, then there’s a slump of half dozen games before you pick up and show top form again – in Manu’s case I think he is about two games away. Always remember he is our best player – that is for sure.”
If West Ham are to make a sustained push for a top six finish this season, they will need Lanzini to return to his very best form as soon as possible.
Cottee is spot on, however. The Argentine spent a lot of time out of action with a serious injury, and the Hammers fans just need to be patient with the mercurial play-maker.
Lanzini will get better and better the fitter and stronger he gets. Let’s just hope that he rediscovers his best form sooner rather than later, however.