Manuel Lanzini has set out his ambitions for the Hammers when speaking to West Ham United’s official channels.
The Argentinian, who is currently away with his national team, stated that he hopes to win a trophy, with the Hammers to face Oxford United in the Carabao Cup third round towards the end of September, while there is also the FA Cup.
He also refused to write off a push for the top six this season, claiming that the ambition is for the club to reach the Europa League.
Lanzini has been champion of Brazil with Fluminense and Argentina with River Plate, while also winning Copa Sudamericana with the latter, as per Transfermarkt.
He has been an integral part of West Ham’s team in the first four league games of the season, especially in a creative sense.
His first goal involvement of the campaign came in the 1-1 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion, when he assisted Javier Hernandez with a through ball, while he also won the penalty that allowed Mark Noble to score the opener against Watford.
The 26-year-old’s statistics are impressive, as he has averaged 3.5 key passes, 3.3 dribbles and 1.8 crosses per game, while still managing to maintain a pass success rate of 87.9%, as per WhoScored.
This is certainly an ambitious target from Lanzini, but it is perhaps what West Ham should be beginning to consider when the club’s spending and the level of talent in their ranks are taken into account.
Lanzini’s numbers from the season’s opening games highlight that he will be an important component of the squad’s fortunes in 2019/20, being part of deciding whether they will be able to achieve domestic success.
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