In Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko, West Ham have brought in two very creative players.
However, neither of the two have been able to make the impact supporters would have hoped and fill the void in attack that has been left by Manuel Lanzini following the serious injury to his right knee.
Lanzini ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament back in June while in training with the Argentina national team just prior to the World Cup, and there were rumours he could miss the entire of this season.
Those reports (via Sky Sports), though, were quickly rubbished and Lanzini has since returned to West Ham United’s Rush Green training base to continue his rehabilitation with head of medical Richard Collinge confirming the 25-year-old’s recovery is going well.
“Rehab-wise, we have a plan in place and Manu is very disciplined and very motivated and we’re moving in the right direction,” Collinge told West Ham’s official club website.
It is likely to be a long time until £18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Lanzini is able to step foot on the London Stadium pitch again, but Manuel Pellegrini and West Ham are in desperate need of his return.
The expectation is that both Anderson and Yarmolenko will come good and are simply going through an adaptation stage. However, the longer the pair fail to come up with the goods, the more Lanzini’s absence will be felt.
When the Argentina international is playing at his best, West Ham perform at a higher level.