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Moyes desperate for the real Lanzini

Manuel Lanzini of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Ham United at The King Power Stadium on January 22, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

David Moyes has admitted that Manu Lanzini is bang out of form and with Felipe Anderson injured that represents a major problem

The Argentine though has never truly returned to consistently  decent form since returning to action following a devastating cruciate injury.

There have been moments of course when flashes of creativity have appeared but not recently as the team has slid down the league.

With the Brazilian out of action for up to four weeks and the other absentee Jack Wilshere seemingly on permanent injury leave, it’s difficult not to sympathise with the manager as he addresses so many problems within the team.

However, given his problems right across the middle of the park it has to be said that he has to find some sort of answer in the transfer market.

And if he’s not pressing the board to get the player/s he wants he should be because that is what good managers do – harass for the best players available – that’s his job.

Commenting on the Lanzini problem he said: “Our creative players are missing, we miss Felipe Anderson. We are really crying out for Manuel Lanzini to return and come back to the level he was at and they are our creative players.

“They are the ones we have, we have lost one of them to injury and one who is not in his best form but we have to try and get that creativity back in it.”

The 26-year-old has claimed just three assists in 17 Premier League matches and is yet to score.




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13 comments on “Moyes desperate for the real Lanzini

  1. Sorry but never gonna happen.I might not have played at this level but as an amateur player my career ended after an ACL Injury.Couple of other lads I know had the same injury and you are never the same same afterward .sorry for the pessimism..

  2. We’d ALL like to see the former Lanzini…………. but when you’re in the trenches like we are right now…. we NEED to go for Plan B like yesterday.
    Pellegrini waited for ages to see the Real Roberto…. to the club’s detriment. I fully expect the powers to be only surviving on 2 hours sleep a day until they rectify their mismanagement of this club and bring in the players needed whatever the current cost.
    My Dad had a saying that “You need to pay to learn from your mistakes”……..so I guess this is one of those times (AGAIN) for our clubs owners.

  3. you’ve got another one moyes and he’s been our best source of creativity, though you loathe to play him for some mental reason.

  4. West Ham’s entire recruitment strategy seems to comprise of enlisting players who are prone to injury and then always pushing them back into the team before they are fully fit. Every year we seem to have a much longer injury list than other teams so I am not sure that the medical and fitness staff really know what they’re doing either.

  5. Mr Moyes we are all desperate for the real Lanzini to come to the surface again but not even a glimpse of it on Wednesday. .Fornals has to start..

  6. Lanzini plays well when Anderson is out there but they become a defensive liability. Need a two way midfielder along side Rice as MN cannot play every match and be effective. MN played like he’d had hip replacements last match.

  7. Sorry, but Lanzini shone, like many others did when playing alongside Payet,imo.We have only seen very sporadic performances since and his injuries have had a severe effect, arguably,both physically and mentally – I think he needs to move on, but I,also, don’t think anyone will ever see the “Lanzini” we saw in that season and still hoped for.

  8. Let’s be fair to Lanzini, his form has never really returned to what it was prior to his injury, which again being fair was a bad one. He came back and was then out with another knee injury. Never mind the physical issues but the psychological issues that go with it. He needs time, trust and support, all three of which are in short supply in football and football fans these days. It’s up to Moyes to manage him, build his confidence and get him playing to his full ability and he sees him in training day in day out so is best placed to decide whether he starts or not.
    As fans we should get behind him, encourage and applaud him as much as possible rather than huff, jeer and slag him off.

  9. I agree that Lanzini has been a shadow of the former player since his injury – but feel that blaming this on him having got a new contract is out of order. He has now had two pretty nasty injuries and may never be the same – but we should not blame him for that

    My thoughts go back to Dean Ashton and unkind comments about his attitude until it was revealed that if he did not retire he would have risked not being able to walk

    So all I would like to see is support for Lanzini and hopefully his performances will improve


  10. He could start by not bottling challenges and not being afraid of Ayers as they come tackle him.

    Bloke has lost his bottle.


  11. It’s obvious that Lanzini isn’t fit for purpose for the Epic Relegation Batte that we face. His appearances need to be written off for the rest of this season as he isn’t the battling type. Hopefully, pre-season will see a return to the former Lanzini.
    But, for now, we need committed fearless players up for a fight and giving their all. Hopefully incoming talented bodies.

  12. GARY D I have had hip replacement but I recon I could give our Mark a tough race over 5 yards lol and I am approaching 67..😂😂but ilove the guy for his undoubtedly given comittment and passion to WHU but he knows I think.in his own mind that he has to.take a back seat very soon.
    Josh Cullen needs to.be blooded not loaned out to Chalton Athletic or any one else .tough call.when your in the mire..

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