Manuel Lanzini deserves a chance to prove himself for West Ham United against Genk in the Europa League.

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The 28-year-old has hardly played for the Hammers this season.

And with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2023, a decision needs to be made soon regarding his future at the London Stadium.

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Manuel Lanzini in action for West Ham United (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Lanzini recently admitted that he would love to return to River Plate at some point, as quoted by Marca:

“I would go back to River obviously; I would love to. I believe that at the time it will happen, when the two parties agree, it will give. Let the boys who are now enjoying themselves, who are going through a difficult moment, with Gallardo, who is a barbarian coach. The truth is that River today is giving us satisfaction all the time.”

If Lanzini is to have some kind of future at West Ham, the Argentinian ace needs to be given a chance at some point, and there’s no time like the present.

Manuel Lanzini deserves chance with West Ham career hanging in the balance

With a huge game against Tottenham to come on Sunday, Moyes would be wise to reshuffle his starting XI against Genk tonight.

And Lanzini seems like the ideal man to come in.

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West Ham United’s Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tomas Soucek desperately needs a rest and after the facial injuries he sustained against Everton on Sunday, and Moyes should give the big Czech ace a break.

The 26-year-old, signed for £15 million from Slavia Prague in the summer of 2020 (Daily Mail), is a vital player for West Ham.

We need him firing on all cylinders against Spurs this weekend, so surely he should sit out tonight.

 

Lanzini could then play alongside Rice in the deep-lying midfield role – a position that he excelled in when deployed there last season.

The South American could really flourish tonight against inferior opposition and give himself a much needed confidence boost.

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Whether David Moyes agrees with that notion, however, remains to be seen.

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