West Ham United wasted an ideal chance to get rid of Manuel Lanzini during the summer transfer window and will now have to wait until the January transfer window to sell the Argentine.
After the club-record signing of Lucas Paqueta from Olympique Lyon, it seems as if playing time will be hard to come by for the 29-year-old this season.
According to Football Insider, Moyes was willing to let Lanzini leave the London Stadium on loan but there were very few reports about his potential departure on deadline day.
Last season saw the midfielder contribute five goals and three assists in 30 Premier League appearances, averaging a less than impressive 6.64 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This season has seen Moyes use the Argentine far less frequently, with his only start coming in the opening game against Manchester City, when he earned an extremely disappointing 5.84 rating from WhoScored.
Lanzini will now have to compete with Paqueta, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahama for a starting spot in attacking midfield, and he currently looks to be bottom of that pecking order, so it is disappointing that Moyes couldn’t move him on during the transfer window, as he may end up being a waste of a wage.
Lanzini’s 5.93 average rating from his three appearances this season is the worst of any outfield player, so it seems clear that he is no longer good enough to be a regular starter with the Hammers.
Considering his contract at the London Stadium is set to expire at the end of this season, meaning he will be free to negotiate with foreign clubs from January, this summer really was the ideal opportunity for Moyes to get rid of Lanzini, and sadly he wasted it.