Bilic singles midfielder out for special praise

Lanzini celebrates after scoring in last season's win at Anfield.

Lanzini celebrates after scoring in last season’s win at Anfield.

Slaven Bilic is deeply impressed with the current form of Manu Lanzini.

The brilliantly creative midfielder has arguable claims to man of the match awards over the last two game and was back on the case big time in a fabulous second half at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

And in his Manager on Monday’ column on the official website the manager said: “Lanzini is a very young player, and is a top class player.

“He likes to take the responsibility and he came from a big club – not the one in Dubai but River Plate in Buenos Aires.

“When he was 19 or 20, they gave him the No10 shirt and they don’t give it [lightly] – it’s a very heavy jersey.

“He got it for himself and don’t forget this season he was supposed to go to the Olympics with Argentina, but he had a very bad knee injury and he was disappointed not to go.

“He missed the whole pre-season with us, and came back a little bit too soon. We pushed him in because we needed him, but now he is playing fantastically.”

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