West Ham United fans have quite rightly slammed Manuel Lanzini for his performance against Everton.
The Hammers drew 1-1 with Everton on Saturday as manager David Moyes continued his poor run against the Toffees; he has only beaten them once as a manager since leaving the club to join Manchester United in 2013.
Lanzini was substituted in the 84th minute and replaced by striker Albian Ajeti as something of a final throw of the dice.
They were unable to break through, however, and were left to settle for a share of the points, and fans picked out the playmaker as a major reason for what was ultimately a poor overall performance, quite correctly.
Personally would have taken Lanzini off instead of Fornals, has had little to no impact on the game so far.
— Wᴇsᴛ Hᴀᴍ Sᴏᴄɪᴀʟ (@WestHamSocial) January 18, 2020
— ⚒ COYIrons ⚒ (@COYIrons_com) January 18, 2020
I thought Lanzini was still injured. Didn’t realise he was playing.
— Ryan Macdonald (@MarkMac71327152) January 18, 2020
A shadow of the player we had. The glue factory is calling xx
— Richie (@broxtondrummer1) January 18, 2020
Yet again the obvious sub is made way too late in the game – lanzini is truly awful this season now he has his new contract – complete passenger every game!
— Matthew Edge-Wilkins (@mattedgewilkins) January 18, 2020
Another hopeless performance
— WestHamFanTone (@WestHamFanTone) January 18, 2020
Lanzini is awful
— Andrew Kane (@AndrewKane221) January 18, 2020
Per WhoScored, Lanzini had 50 touches of the ball but struggled to do anything with them.
Call yourself a West Ham expert? How much did each of these January signings cost?
Indeed, he failed to have a shot on goal or complete a dribble and was dispossessed twice throughout the game.
It has been a disappointing season for Lanzini; he has failed to score a goal and has provided just three assists this term, with the last coming in a November clash with Newcastle United.
As one fan mentions, the Argentine has not kicked on since signing a new contract at the start of the season, and it feels as though a tipping point could be reached with supporters.
As his stats show, this was an anonymous performance from a player that is widely regarded as being able to pick the lock and create chances for his side.
He can ill-afford to keep doing this or he will find himself out of the team.
Meanwhile, West Ham cannot afford to snub a European ace.