West Ham fans in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly awaiting the return of creative playmaker Manuel Lanzini and remain in hope that he is fit enough for this Saturday’s match against Liverpool.
David Moyes was far from a fan-favourite upon arrival at the London Stadium but now that West Ham are sitting comfortably in 12th position as opposed to 17th when Slaven Bilic lost his job in this game last time out, fans are taking to the idea that Moyes could be the man to help rebuild their side.
With only 9 points on the board after this fixture in November where West Ham were blown away by Liverpool, the players have been worked hard by David Moyes and his staff to make sure that their fitness levels are improved, having been identified as a major weak point in the Hammers team.
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After a well deserved 2-0 victory over Watford last weekend, West Ham were able to do that without £16.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) star Manuel Lanzini. Having scored in that 4-1 loss to Liverpool, the little jewel is the driving force in their team and without him, they struggle to tick. This season, the 25-year-old has registered 3 goals and 8 assists in 20 appearances and has proven ever since the departure of Dimitri Payet that he is capable of fulfilling such a pivotal role in the team.
With lots of media speculation suggesting he is ready for the weekend’s fixture, it gives David Moyes the nicer problem of whether to feature the Argentine from the start or not.
In recent weeks, Moyes has struggled deeply with injuries, severely scuppering the team’s chances in the past few games with the prime example being their match against Huddersfield where he could only name six players on the bench due to the amount of injuries within the team. Despite smashing the Terriers 4-1, it was more the idea that if more injuries occurred then who could step up for the Irons?
Ever since the arrival of loan star Joao Mario in January, he seems to be the closest replacement to Lanzini whilst the 25-year-old is unable to play. With that in mind, does Lanzini go straight back into the starting line-up?
Ultimately he should. With Liverpool looking very good during current matches mind you, perhaps saving Manuel Lanzini for the games that the Hammers have more chance of winning wouldn’t be the worst idea. With the relegation battle far from over, our landlord supports the idea that the 25-year-old is one of West Ham’s most important players and for this reason he must go straight back into the team upon his return to full fitness.