Tony Cascarino heaped praise on West Ham attacker Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini ahead of the Hammers’ clash with Norwich City.
The pundit admitted that it was hard to assess Manuel Pellegrini’s side currently but shared what he did know about them is that they had players capable of being attacking threats.
Cascarino heaped praise on Anderson as he claimed he was lightning-quick and dangerous, before sharing that he thought it was a big plus that the Hammers had gotten Lanzini to sign a new contract.
“It’s very hard to assess where they (West Ham) are but what you do know is that West Ham have threats offensively,” said Cascarino on talkSPORT (Saturday, August 31st, 6:22am).
“Anderson is lightning-quick, dangerous, Lanzini s technically superb and by the way he signed a new four-year deal for West Ham this week, big plus.”
The Hammers confirmed, via their official website, on Friday that Lanzini had signed a new long-term contract and it’s hard not to agree with Cascarino that it’s good news. The 26-year-old may have had an injury-hit 2018/19 campaign when he managed to only make 10 league appearances, but he has already looked back to his best in the 2019/20 campaign. Lanzini has racked up one assist, averaged one shot per game, maintained a pass completion rate of 87.7% and achieved an impressive rating of 7.28 across his first three league outings of the season (Source: WhoScored). If the Hammers playmaker is able to keep up his form, then he’ll likely end up being a contender for Hammer of the Year. As for Anderson, he has also shown that he is a capable player this season. The Brazilian winger has averaged a rating of 7.07 across the two league outings he made (Source: WhoScored), which seems high when you consider he played in the 5-0 loss to Manchester City, and he has averaged two shots per game in order to prove to be a livewire that opponents have to keep an eye on.