West Ham finished on the losing side of the London derby as league-leaders Chelsea won 2-1 at the Olympic Stadium. Goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa gave Chelsea a comfortable 2-0 lead as Lanzini grabbed a late consolation goal for the Hammers. The loss sees Slaven Bilic’s side drop to 11th place in the league level on 33 points with Southampton who have a game in hand.
Lanzini scores in the dying minutes, but it's to late for West Ham. pic.twitter.com/o4Z7FlgNxg
— West Ham HQ (@WestHam_HQ) March 6, 2017
The move to the newly renovated Olympic Stadium hasn’t really proved fruitful for West Ham as they have managed only 5 wins in 14 home games scoring just 15 goals in the process. The mood around the stadium definitely seems to have been affected after the January transfer saga involving Dimitri Payet. Consistency has been the key for Bilic and his men as West Ham have failed to carry on from a run of decent displays.
One positive though is the rejuvenation of the Argentine Manuel Lanzini. The 24-year old has played in a more advanced role behind their front-man Andy Caroll with Snodgrass and Feghouli either side of him. Although the trio have failed to chip in with goals, they have definitely looked threatening on the counter.
Manuel Lanzini since becoming the main man:
Starts – 6
Goals – 3
Assists – 3
— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) March 7, 2017
Prior to Payet’s departure, Lanzini registered 26 shots with an accuracy of 33%. Since then, the playmaker has shot 18 times with a 45% accuracy. Stats clearly suggesting that Lanzini has been given more license in front of goal. He has also leapfrogged his tally of crosses attempting more deliveries in just 7 games since Payet’s move to France than he had done in the 17 matches alongside the Frenchman.
Bilic tried to add firepower to the attack threat with the signing of Robert Snodgrass in order to add more goals from midfield. The former Hull City man though, has sadly failed to replicate his heroics after his big money move to London. He has also been in the news for failing to turn up for his court trial. However, Snodgrass himself clarified the same with this comment last night.
Snodgrass on failing to appear in court: "It was just a misunderstanding and I didn't realise I had to be in court. It's not a big issue." pic.twitter.com/D2V7RrVyTd
— West Ham News (@WHUFC_News) March 6, 2017
Considering Payet started in a similar role and drifted wide later on, Lanzini can surely follow his footsteps with his pace and accuracy down the left wing for West Ham. The Argentine always had something special about him since his much anticipated arrival from Al Jazira and he is now starting to find his feet in England.
We hope we get to see similar performances from the creative midfielder thereby pushing West Ham’s late surge for European football.