West Ham United playmaker Manuel Lanzini has been arguably the team’s best player so far this season, according to Football London journalist Sam Inkersole.
The Hammers correspondent made the statement in his ‘Power Rankings’ piece, despite only giving the 26-year-old the number four slot.
He wrote: “The Argentine is arguably the Hammers best player so far this season and the influence he has on the team is evident.
“After a sluggish start against Villa, he turned up the heat midway through the half and his teammates drastically improved around him.”
It’s difficult to pick just one player who has been West Ham’s best so far this season, because there have been quite a few candidates. The Hammers have had a very positive start to the new campaign, punctuated by numerous key performances from the likes of Lukasz Fabianski, Arthur Masuaku, Declan Rice and Sebastien Haller. Unfortunately Masuaku’s fantastic resurgence was ended by a red card against Aston Villa that will keep him out of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United, but the rest have all been consistently top quality. Haller’s probably been the biggest revelation given that he was a summer signing, but Lanzini may still have the edge. The Argentine international is just so clever, linking the midfield and the attack with seeming ease, and creating chances galore. He’s a classy operator and perhaps won’t be at the London Stadium for much longer because of that, but for now Inkersole and everyone else following West Ham get to enjoy his sublime skills.