According to reliable West Ham United club insider @ExWHUemployee on Episode 78 of the West Ham Way radio show, attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini wants to stay at the club and sign a new contract, and Irons fans are split on whether he deserves one.
Manuel Lanzini wants to stay at West Ham and sign a new contract at the club but it will only be negotiated in the summer.
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) March 15, 2018
The 24-year-old has needed to step up to the plate ever since the departure of Dimitri Payet in January 2017, and he has scored three goals and provided a further six assists in 21 Premier League appearances this season, missing nine games because of injury and suspension.
The east London outfit are amidst a relegation battle right now, and they will be looking to the Argentina international, who says he is confident they will stay up, to provide a spark when they host fellow strugglers Southampton at the London Stadium on March 31.
West Ham supporters were quick to have their say on whether Lanzini deserves a new and improved deal on the one that is due to expire in 2020 via social media, and they were divided.
While one said “Lanzini is class”, another said “I’d sell him in the summer”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
He's not consistent enough lads. Hes potentially a world beater but goes missing all the time. He should be a big player for us but hides when we need him. Hes got a cheek asking for a new deal if you ask me
— Dave Walker (SD&CC) (@davewalkersdcc) March 15, 2018
He's already under contract & doesn't deserve a new one yet. We're too quick to dish new contracts out. Antonio, Reid, Kouyate & Cresswell all had new contracts & look at them now! Stealing a living while earning a fortune. 8th highest wage bill shows how bad at business we are.
— ⚒️LV Irons⚒️ (@LVirons79) March 16, 2018
He plays the 10 role, should really be taking games by the scruff of the neck imo
— Noble Art ⚒ (@nobleart16) March 16, 2018
Good player but I agree, he has under performed this year. No new contract. I’d sell him in the summer ⚒
— David Walton ⚒ (@wallydot) March 16, 2018
Hasn't done enough for me. Espeically when it gets tough. Need him badly the next eight games.
— James Edrupt (@edrupt_james) March 15, 2018
Lanzini is one of the few players we have with real quality. He’s let down by the lack of quality around him. If we get better players in around him the consistency will come. The link up between him and Arnie shows what he is capable of. Look at the bigger picture.
— Steve (@Steve60350891) March 16, 2018
Joking aren’t ya? Lanzini is class. If we don’t offer him a new contract I can see him donning a Liverpool shirt
— Lew Podesta (@AnyOldIron91) March 16, 2018
Compared to others, he’s on a relatively low salary. I’d give him an extension because of what he’s capable of. At least the guy wants to stay.
— 33_whufc (@cop_hammer) March 16, 2018
You've lost the plot mate. Sounds like a Sullivan manufactured PR point to me. Let's keep him and NOT sign another Snodgrass to replace him please.
— Ganon (@RealGanondorf) March 16, 2018
Moyes doesn't play to his strengths
— Charlie Levy ⚒ (@CharlieLevy92) March 15, 2018