West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini could sign a new contract soon. According to Claret & Hugh, West Ham are hoping to tie this new deal up within the next fortnight.
The Hammers have been locked in contract negotiations with Lanzini for some time now. The Argentina international’s current deal expires next summer but West Ham can extend this by a further two years.
Nonetheless, the club want to reward Lanzini for his fine performances over the past few years by offering him more than double his current wage of £35k-per-week. There has been some progress in recent discussions and the 26-year-old is edging closer to putting pen-to-paper.
We take a look at Lanzini’s performance in numbers from Saturday (stats sourced via Who Scored) to show why he could be back to his best and why this contract update is an exciting development for West Ham.
Manuel Lanzini: Performance in numbers
Lanzini returned from a long-term injury last season and many fans were saying that he was not the same player. But after an impressive pre-season, the midfield playmaker is ready to kick on this season.
His performance against Brighton was promising and he made some of his team-mates look poor. Lanzini completed 50 passes (the second most of any West Ham player) with an impressive success rate of 88 per cent.
Four of those were key passes, including the assist for Javier Hernandez’s goal. Lanzini turned his marker excellently, drove at the defence with real menace and provided a perfectly weighted through ball for Chicharito.
Lanzini also helped defensively, which he will need to do after Manuel Pellegrini opted against signing a new holding midfielder. With three interceptions and one tackle, Lanzini demonstrated a different side to his game.
But his attacking threat has always been his strong suit. The Argentine midfielder completed five dribbles (more than anyone else on the pitch) and tried to make things happen for the Hammers. If he can continue to improve as he gets fitter, West Ham could have an even better version of Lanzini tied down to a long-term contract.