West Ham welcomed Everton to the London Stadium today.
It was a very cagey encounter, and the Hammers looked dangerous in patches, hitting the Toffees on the counter attack.
There were not too many stand-out performers, however. And one player in particular bore the brunt of the West Ham fans’ frustrations.
Manuel Lanzini has been really poor this season. He seems to be an absolute shadow of his former self.
The 26-year-old joined the Hammers on a permanent £9 million deal in the summer of 2016 (The Daily Mail), having spent the previous campaign on loan with the east London outfit.
The Argentine really impressed during his first two years at the club, but his performances have dipped badly over the past 18 months.
Lanzini, who earns £70,000 per week according to Spotrac, seems to be totally disinterested, and in truth, he has just been plain lazy recently.
The South American has offered so little to the team this season that it might just be in West Ham’s best interest to move him on in the summer, if they manage to get a decent fee for him.
Some Hammers fans took to Twitter and did not hold back in their criticism of Lanzini after his shambolic display against Everton today…
— lee theface morrish (@Leem_official) January 18, 2020
Lanzini actually makes me feel sick. he is shocking. pls get rid asap
— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) January 18, 2020
Lanzini pissing the ball away and not working back is getting old
— HammerAtlanta 🇺🇸⚒ (@HammerAtlanta) January 18, 2020
Yep, Haller is getting the service although lanzini is playing up to his normal standard unfortunately, barely noticed him
— Richard Knott (@RichardKnott2) January 18, 2020
Manuel Lanzini does not look interested. Lacklustre, no anticipation, nowhere near the level of the rest of the team. Get him off, stick Fornals behind Haller and get Masuaku on! @DaveWalkerWHU let Lanzini have it! ⚒⚒⚒ #COYI #WHUEVE
— Connor Humpage (@connorahumpage) January 18, 2020
I would shift Lanzini elsewhere too whenever we can. Lazy little barstard.
— Joe 父 (@MercerWHU91) January 18, 2020
We’ve been the better team, should have scored at least 2 this half. Noble has been excellent this half along with Snodgrass. Lanzini largely anonymous. We should have defended corner better for the goal. #WHUEVE
— mark speller (@supersonic_mark) January 18, 2020
Lanzini needs to get into the game…He has been very quiet.
— ⚒ Aktolgalı ⚒ (@Imran75598389) January 18, 2020
Lanzini has every bit of ability to change this game, he just doesn’t seem like he wants to anymore. Ajeti on for him for 45 – let’s see what he’s got. #WHUEVE
— Green St. Hammers (@GreenStHammers) January 18, 2020
— DB (@DarrenBell23) January 18, 2020
Struggling to see what Lanzini brings to the team.
— Mr R (@Happyhammer68) January 18, 2020
Lanzini could do with going off
— Wexhammer (@Wexhammer3) January 18, 2020