West Ham United were unable to follow on from their incredible win over Sevilla in the Europa League on Thursday with a victory in the Premier League as David Moyes’ side fell to a 3-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.
Things got off to a bad start when Hammers defender Kurt Zouma put the ball in his own net after nine minutes before Heung-min Son doubled the home side’s lead with 24 minutes on the clock.
Said Benrahma managed to pull one back for the east London club ten minutes before the interval and give them some hope for the second half, only for Spurs’ South Korean winger to wrap up the three points for Antonio Conte’s side with another goal in the latter stages of the game.
Despite the disappointing result, one player in a West Ham shirt, other than Benrahma, that delivered a solid performance for his side that Moyes will certainly be pleased with was midfielder Manuel Lanzini
With 84 minutes under his belt before being replaced by Nikola Vlasic, the midfielder had 70 touches of the ball in total, leaving only Declan Rice and Aaron Cresswell with more.
In those 70 touches, the Argentine completed 57 of the 59 passes he attempted, giving him a passing accuracy of 97%, the second-highest of any Hammers player on the day.
The 29-year-old also managed to complete both of the two dribbles he attempted, showing how good he was on the ball for his side.
Lanzini, who has been described as a “special” player by Rice in the past, also showed how useful he can be off the ball as well by winning four of the five duels he was involved in and making one tackle, interception and clearance.
This display ultimately earned the midfielder a respectable overall match rating of 7.1, making him the second-highest rated West Ham player on the day according to SofaScore.
Football.London also picked up on the Argentine’s good showing by saying that he “found pockets of space and passed it well.”
Taking all of this into account, it’s safe to say that Lanzini was one of the better performers for the Hammers in yesterday’s defeat and a real shining light for Moyes, but just couldn’t do enough to get his side on the scoresheet again.