West Ham United fans have had a rough time this season. The Irons look to be facing a real fight against relegation, and it would certainly help if some of their more technically gifted players could start to perform and look like Premier League standard players.
One of those who has been absolutely appalling as of late is the Argentine Manuel Lanzini. The ex-River Plate creator is a player who, on paper, should be a top talent. He has a fantastic passing range, an eye for goal and an ability to carry the ball with grace and skip past opponents.
However, as of late he just hasn’t been showing it, and his display away at the King Power Stadium was absolutely rancid. The 26-year-old is supposedly valued at £18m (Transfermarkt), yet at the moment it’s hard to see a way in which Lanzini could be sold for anything more than half that on current form.
During the Irons pre-season tour in summer 2019, the fans were given high expectations from Lanzini. The Argentine bagged in the Hammers’ final three games before the season started, although since the start of competitive fixtures he’s failed to find the net once in 17 appearances (Transfermarkt).
His performance against Leicester was one that simply cannot be forgiven, though. Why David Moyes allowed Lanzini to complete the full 90 minutes was baffling, as was the decision to bench Pablo Fornals for him, and the player ratings from Football.London were generous to give the play-maker a 4/10.
Will Manuel Lanzini ever find his best form again?
The Irons have got very little time for Lanzini at the moment, and it tells. His wages are reportedly as high as £70,000 per/week (Spotrac), and with that being the case the fans have got every right to be fuming with his lack of influence and poor performances as of late.