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Exciting Lanzini v Benrahma option may open up

Benrahma may not be on an easy first team ride

Suddenly the options could soon be many and the competition at West Ham could become  intense!

Ok, it’s way to early to say Lanzini’s back but, as has been mentioned several times since last night’s game, his confidence will have been boosted beyond belief following last night’s amazing goal.

It was great to read his comments earlier where he declared himself 100 per cent, that this was his second home and that he loved the fans.

For him to it the headlines again for all the right reasons is exactly what he and we needed and it could well be that he will be the man to put some real pressure on new signing Said Benrahma.

If that’s the case the Hammers could be on an earner from FC Porto at the end of the season if Anderson can find some real form in Portugal.

How good would it be to have a couple of hugely creative midfielder in Said and Manu to be battling for the creative role in our team whilst knowing there’s another on the bench just gagging for the chance to do better.

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It’s not impossible to believe that the hard working and determined Pablo Fornals could miss out at times should Moyes decide to play both and given that Arthur Masuaku too is in the same sort of exciting form you will get my point about options.

It augurs well for Seb Haller who has clearly needed that sort of creative influence to assist him during his time at the club.

We remain light  in the defensive midfield area but maybe we will strengthen there in January which after all is only about nine week away.

Hopefully, as has been the case so far, the injury curse won’t hit us, because right now things look as bright at the club as they have on many months

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6 comments on “Exciting Lanzini v Benrahma option may open up

  1. Yes, there are so many options which are what I believed there would be if we managed to buy Benrahma instead of King. I did feel that Lanzini was on the way back to some sort of form even though many had written him off, but he most certainly wrote himself back into the storyline with a spectacular finish last night… Much to the pleasure of one of his biggest fans… David Moyes who was there to congratulate him at the end.
    All three will be fully utilised this season barring injury, but these type of players will have a level of understanding with each other that could cut teams to ribbons and I also agree with you Hugh that Seb could benefit massively from these players around him.
    Moyes’s vision is already starting to take shape and these are early days too. COYI

  2. We only used to play one defensive midfielder before Souchek arrived remember. I’m sure pellegrini only ever played one defensive midfielder. Although he used to have Carlos Sanchez on the bench. I would suggest we need one top quality utility midfielder, a midfield general who can cover all positions. A midfielder who can play as a defensive holding midfielder like rice, or as a box to box like souchek. Maybe in January we can get someone in on loan, like a Ross Barkley from Everton, someone who is older but still effective.
    The priority position is still centreback.
    Then next season the priority will have to be a goalkeeper as Fabianski won’t go on forever and a top new utility left back that can play in either the Masuaku wingback role or the Cresswell left back role or the Cresswell left sided centreback role.

    • I think marcos alonso wouldn’t be a bad relatively cheap option to give competition at lwb. Dont forget how good he was under conte in that position. Agree we need one more athletic cm (fernandes would have been ideal). Think we should go for a young athlete in that position like a camavinga type player (hed obviously be out of our league). Think we are quite well set after that maybe a couple of players out like snodgrass and maybe balbuena.

  3. Watching the Spurs match I’m struck once again at just how good our guys are at passing under pressure and in tight marking conditions. The footwork on display by everyone is light years ahead of where we were three years ago. Special mentions to Bowen, Rice and Masuaku. COYI!

  4. Most comments are seriously good here like our team playing at present ! Great choices now competition too and we only need a new keeper left back centre back and haller to get some support if Antonio doesn’t play. Sure another defensive mid or as xavi said box to box quality player added would be great and we could then be looking at top six imo . I really think though it’s looking like sully who must be given praise for once on a clever so called no cash available transfer period and only spending little cash, but getting in two great deals done and one dreadful player Dawson but costing zero money is looking like at last selling up and moving on from a hostile environment and most hammers fans including myself rejoicing. I’m sure his attitude of just being a businessman and not someone like abromivich actually putting his money where his mouth is and turning this huge club with huge supporters into a proper force has run it’s course and we will see new owners in the near future and the board retiring into oblivion . Imo

    • Dawson will be fine in his role. At 60, I could defend reasonably well with Ogbonna by my side and Soucek and Rice supporting. Defence wins matches (ask Chelsea), Dawson isn’t stupid and will step up.
      As for selling, why would they when they are winning? Would you?

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