Sebastien Haller may have rightfully stolen the limelight during West Ham United’s 3-1 win against Watford on Saturday, but Manuel Lanzini was also a key part of the Hammers’ success.
The Argentinian had already impressed this campaign, having got an assist during the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion, as per WhoScored – he continued to show his creative qualities at Vicarage Road.
His quick feet can often cause trouble for opposition players and that was the case for Abdoulaye Doucoure just moments into the game, as the Frenchman was fooled by his drop of the shoulder and gave away a penalty, as shown in Sky Sports’ highlights video.
Mark Noble went on to convert the spot-kick on his return and the Hammers found themselves 1-0 up with just three minutes on the clock, largely due to Lanzini’s trickery.
He is much more than just a trickster though and is very intelligent with his passing, as he displayed against the Hornets. Indeed, West Ham’s number 10 completed 94% of his passes, the most of any starting player, which is impressive considering how progressive he is in his play.
His intention to look forward and make things happen is pointed out by the fact he made six key passes throughout the 90 minutes, two more than anyone else on the pitch.
Lanzini is a superb creator and that is what he showed once again against Watford, helping West Ham to their first win of the season – following this victory, the idea of seeing his partnership with record signing Haller flourish further is an incredibly exciting one.
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