West Ham loan star keen to emulate club icon at Upton Park

West Ham star Manuel Lanzini is determined to emulate compatriot and former Hammers icon Carlos Tevez while at the club, report the Daily Mail.

The 22-year old joined the Upton Park outfit on a season-long loan deal from UAE based club Al-Jazira this summer as new boss Slaven Bilic took over from Sam Allardyce.

The Argentine has been one of the club’s star players as they beaten the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City this term.

Now, the former River Plate youngster has revealed that the heroics of Tevez in East London eight years ago is serving as inspiration as he adjusts to life in England.

‘Carlos is a fantastic player who I remember saved West Ham’, recalled Lanzini.

‘If I could achieve anywhere near what he has at this club or during his career, I’ll be happy.’

Tevez, who is now back in Argentina after returning to Boca Juniors, infamously scored a winner over Manchester United on the final day of the 2007/08 season in order to maintain the club’s Premier League status.

He subsequently moved to the Red Devils, before leaving for city rival Manchester City and later Juventus.