West Ham United ace Manuel Lanzini took to Instagram last night to repost a really impressive stat from the end of last season.

The West Ham midfielder ended the 2021/22 campaign as the sixth most successful passer in all of Europe, behind only Toni Kroos, Stanislav Lobotka, Idrissa Gueye, Axel Witsel and Marcelo Brozovic.

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Lanzini, 29, recorded an incredible pass completion rate of 92.2% for the Hammers in the Premier League last season.

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The Argentinian ace made 30 Premier League appearances for West Ham last season, compared to just five this term. He was given 1787 minutes in the league last season and so far this term, he has just 122 minutes of league action to his name (Transfermarkt).

David Moyes has barely used him. And I find that rather strange, especially considering how good he looked during a brief cameo appearance against Derby in the FA Cup a couple of weeks ago.

Lanzini seems to be rather baffled himself as well…

Manuel Lanzini seems to question lack of game-time for West Ham

The South American star, who earns around £75k-a-week at the London Stadium (Football League FC), seems to have fallen well down the pecking order under David Moyes.

His father has already suggested that a return to his boyhood club River Plate could be on the cards for his son in the summer transfer window.

Lanzini is under contract until the summer. However, the Hammers have the option to extend that deal by a further two years.

So Moyes will have to decide whether to hand the 29-year-old a new deal in the summer or move him on in order to get his big wages off the books.

It seems increasingly more likely that a summer exit will be the outcome for Manu. He took to his Instagram account last night, and seemed to hint that after last season’s incredible pass completion rate, he’s baffled by his lack of action this term:

He certainly has a point.

I believe that Manuel Lanzini has been criminally underused by West Ham manager David Moyes this season.

Surely there will be times between now and the end of the season where the scot can use the Argentinian more regularly.

Moyes will certainly have to do that if he wants to keep Lanzini at the London Stadium beyond the end of the season.

Manu has made it clear on Instagram that he should be getting more minutes, and I tend to agree with him.


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