Frank McAvennie has exclusively told Football FanCast that he isn’t surprised that “luxury” Manuel Lanzini wants to quit West Ham this summer.
The Argentine is currently in his sixth season with the Hammers, but hasn’t been the same player since suffering an ACL injury in training ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Lanzini has been fit for the entire campaign, but has been restricted to just three Premier League starts, the latest of those coming against Sheffield United last month, and has been an unused substitute in seven of West Ham’s previous nine league fixtures.
He still has more than two years remaining on his deal with the Hammers, but recent reports suggest that Lanzini wants to leave the London Stadium in the summer, which came after French champions PSG, who are managed but his his fellow Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, made a failed last-ditch attempt to sign him in January.
And McAvennie believes that part of Lanzini’s struggles have been down to the upturn in fortunes of Said Benrahma.
He told Football FanCast:
“The boy’s not getting a game, so if he’s not getting a game then he’s got to go. As a player, if you’re not getting a game then you’ve got to go. Sometimes you have just got to play. Lanzini has been out of the team for so long. He’s a luxury player.
“Benrahma when he came in, and David Moyes said ‘you’re losing the ball too much’. Lanzini is a little bit like that. He’s probably spoken to both of them, but Benrahma seems to have bought into what David Moyes is telling them. Great player, but Lanzini is a luxury.
“I’m not surprised he wants to quit. Benrahma has bought into West Ham, and that’s why Lanzini is not getting a game.”
Lanzini has been a great servant to West Ham over the years, but he’s some way down the pecking order under Moyes, which makes a summer exit extremely likely.