Manu Lanzini simply must start for West Ham against Brighton on Wednesday night.

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The diminutive Argentinian ace has shown glimpses of his old self over the past couple of weeks.

His performance against Manchester City today after coming on as a second half substitute was quite simply superb.

Lanzini has surely done enough now to usurp either Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals or Jarrod Bowen in the starting lineup for our game against Brighton in midweek.

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David Moyes needs to be bold and give the 28-year-old his chance.

Lanzini, who earns £75k-a-week according to Spotrac, offers us something that we don’t otherwise possess in midfield.

The South American is incredibly good with the ball at his feet in tight, compact areas.

Lanzini gives us much more impetus when we’re moving through the gears as a team and Moyes must utilise that quality sooner rather than later.

West Ham boss David Moyes has to make Manu Lanzini decision and quickly

The Scot has plenty of options.

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He could bring Lanzini in for one of our three attacking midfielders. Another option would be to drop Tomas Soucek and play him in the deeper lying midfield role.

If I had to pick the team, I would drop Benrahma. He just hasn’t been good enough recently.

Signed permanently for £25 million in January of this year (Goal), the 26-year-old has been brilliant at times for West Ham.

 

He has really struggled to make an impact of late though, and Lanzini is more than deserving of a start in place of Benny after his last few substitute appearances in the Premier League.

West Ham have lost our last two Premier League games. That’s no disaster by any means we certainly shouldn’t be panicking.

Moyes would be wise to freshen things up a little bit though. If for nothing else other than to give Brighton something different to think about.

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And Manuel Lanzini is the man who should be drafted in on Wednesday night as we look to get back to winning ways.

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