A journalist covering the Argentina national team has made a Manuel Lanzini claim that will seriously worry West Ham and David Moyes.
Lanzini’s West Ham career looked to be dead in the water as he struggled to get back to anything like the player he was before suffering a serious knee injury while training with Argentina before the 2018 World Cup.
But West Ham’s little jewel has started to sparkle again over the last year, culminating with another excellent performance – and two goals – in their 3-2 win over Crystal Palace last time out.
Lanzini has been a surprisingly crucial player for West Ham of late.
His ability on the ball and helping West Ham in transition has been vital to Moyes’s side during a difficult spell.
And the 28-year-old has really started looking back to something like his best – or at least the Lanzini 2.0 Moyes has suggested he must become in light of that long-term injury which saw him miss the Russia World Cup.
Suddenly Lanzini has become an important starter for West Ham. Particularly in light of the injuries hampering Moyes’s squad and the dark cloud that is Covid looming over the Hammers and their Premier League rivals.
So claims from a journalist that Lanzini is set to be recalled to the Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Colombia at the end of the month will seriously worry West Ham and Moyes.
Roy Nemer, a journalist covering the Argentina national team, says rumours are circulating that former West Ham full-back turned Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni will recall Lanzini alongside reported Moyes striker target Giovanni Simeone.
“Manuel Lanzini of West Ham and Gio Simeone of Verona are rumored to be called up this month for the Argentina national team,” Nemer said on Twitter.
“Gio Simeone or Lanzini (can make the Qatar World Cup squad). I think if Lanzini can stay healthy, he makes the team. And Gio can be the backup striker to Lautaro since Joaquin isn’t it.”
Nemer repeated the claim on his website dedicated to the Argentina national team – mundoalbiceleste.
West Ham have already seen how flying thousands of miles around the world has impacted Michail Antonio.
So the prospect of Lanzini having to fly to South America to play more games in an already hectic schedule will be of concern, particularly given what happened when he was on national duty back in 2018.
There is no greater honour than representing your country. And Lanzini will undoubtedly be delighted if the report is true. Indeed Moyes has said he gets a real kick out of seeing his players called up for their countries.
But privately the club will be concerned, particularly with Said Benrahma away at the African Nations and no guarantee the club will be able to bring Jesse Lingard back to the London Stadium this month.