West Ham are spoilt for choice this season when it comes to the attacking element of their midfield set up with Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma and Manuel Lanzini all signed to the side.
Bowen, Fornals and Benrahma all have produced a combined 23 goals and assists so far this season, with Lanzini joining his competitors with two goals and two assists in all competitions, one of those goals came from the Manchester City game at the weekend.
Although losing, Lanzini made a fantastic impact on the side when he was subbed into the team in the 59th minute proving he was a worthwhile substitution when he scored from some distance in an attempt to claw back something from the defeat in the 94th minute of the game.
The determination and focus Lanzini maintained in clear defeat even in the very last moments of the game will give David Moyes a headache, as he struggles to decide which midfielders to pick in his starting eleven, with Lanzini now proving he is worthy of a starting position in the team.
However, the Scottish manager could use the £9m-rated midfielder’s form as an opportunity to showcase his talents and his impressive qualities to attract other clubs to make an offer for him, so that Moyes can build a healthy transfer budget that can be reinvested by GSB into other key areas of the team that need more depth, like a striker.
The Athletic’s West Ham correspondent, Roshane Thomas, previously branded Lanzini “anonymous” when reflecting on his time at the club;
“I feel like, with Lanzini, he’s just too anonymous at times. You sort of feel like, ‘Oh, Lanzini’s playing today,’ – that tends to be the sort of reaction whenever I watch him play more recently.” He told The Athletic’s U Irons Podcast.
Moyes now has a decision to make, as it is also widely speculated that Jesse Lingard is set to make a return to London Stadium in a permanent deal from Manchester United, after he reportedly refused to sign a new contract at Old Trafford, pushing Lanzini further away from a place in the West Ham set up.
West Ham will face Brighton in a midweek clash that they will be hoping to win to maintain their position in the top four, and it will be interesting to see if Lanzini makes an appearance in the starting line up.
In other news: Moyes reveals extent of Aaron Creswell injury