Paul Ince was blown away by Manuel Lanzini’s performance for West Ham in their 1-1 draw against Brighton at the AMEX on Saturday afternoon.
Lanzini, 26, supplied the assist for Javier Hernandez’s goal in the second half but the Irons were only in front for a matter of minutes for Leandro Trossard netted an equaliser.
Ilford-born Ince, who started his career at West Ham, was impressed with what he saw from the Argentina international on the south coast.
“It’s Lanzini’s assist. He’s been outstanding, Lanzini, for what he’s done,” said Ince on BT Sport Score on Saturday [04:16pm].
Lanzini was definitely one of the best players on the pitch at the AMEX on Saturday and he did deserve to be on a winning side. According to stats by WhoScored, the 26-year-old midfielder had a pass accuracy of 88 per cent, completed five dribbles – more than any other player on the pitch – and made four key passes. WhoScored named him as the man of the match for his performance, so it is no surprise to see that he stood out to Ince. Hopefully Lanzini can build on this performance and start to help West Ham win more games. If he gets into that form with someone like Sebastien Haller up front, maybe the Irons can be more clinical when it comes to taking their chances. For all Lanzini’s creativity, Manuel Pellegrini’s side did not actually get that many shots in at goal. Other players need to strive to get to the level that Lanzini gets to. He’s someone who hasn’t played a lot of football in the last year or so, which makes it even more impressive.