Reading between the lines West Ham United could be planning to swap one Argentine playmaker for another this summer.
One of the biggest disappointments of West Ham’s torrid season has been Manuel Lanzini.
The playmaker was expected to be a key player after finally returning to full fitness following his serious knee injury.
But he has been woeful for West Ham. Lanzini has not only failed to fire as an attacking force, he has been found wanting when it comes to putting a shift in for the team too.
Faded star Lanzini heading for Hammers exit?
So much so some have questioned the wisdom of recently handing the 27-year-old a new long-term deal.
David Moyes put a lot of faith in Lanzini on his return to the club. And he stood by the midfielder when his displays were being criticised by fans and pundits.
Lanzini has looked a shadow of his former self. And speculation has suggested West Ham could look to sell him in the next transfer window.
Reliable insider ExWHUemployee said the club could look to sell the faded star when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast on Wednesday night (March 4th).
West Ham linked with compatriot Buendia
It is set against the backdrop of increasing talk of a West Ham move for Lanzini’s compatriot Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City.
Football London claim West Ham want Buendia.
With Norwich looking Championship bound, West Ham could get him for a bargain price.
But Moyes does not need two number 10s in a similar ilk. The similarities between Lanzini and Buendia are striking.
It could be a case of one Argentine playmaker in and one out at West Ham in the next window and it would fit perfectly into Moyes’s new blueprint for the Hammers.
The Scot wants to build a new-look West Ham where recruitment targets young, hungry players (whufc.com).
Buendia is four years younger than Lanzini. His stats are also better than Lanzini.
Is Moyes putting masterplan into place?
He has seven assists in 28 Premier League games thus far (Transfermarkt). And in those 28 outings, the 23-year-old has averaged 42.2 passes per game, with an incredibly impressive completion rate of 81.1%. He has also averaged 2.6 key passes per game during those appearances (Who Scored).
The Argentine ace can play anywhere along the midfield and the number 10 position.
He works hard for the team and is still hungry to prove himself as a Premier League player. Buendia is also physically stronger than Lanzini too.
The more you look at it, the more it seems a no-brainer for Moyes and West Ham.
Now all he has to do is keep the East Londoners in the Premier League when football resumes.