Manuel Lanzini is proving to be West Ham's creative spark early doors
West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini has made a quietly impressive start to the 2019/20 season.
The Argentine has started all four games so far for the Hammers and has put his injuries woes of last season behind him.
The 26-year-old missed a big chunk of 2018/19 after suffering a serious knee injury in Argentina training on the eve of the World Cup.
He returned to action in February for the club, but was unable to really hit top gear as a result of being sidelined for months.
He appears to be back somewhere near his best, orchestrating things for the Irons in the number 10 position behind Sebastien Haller.
According to statistics from the Premier League, Lanzini has created 14 chances so far (yielding him two assists), putting him second only to Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, who is two ahead on 16.
The £55 million ace (BBC Sport) is back on song after an injury-hit 2018/19 of his own, and Lanzini being so close really puts him in a great light.
A lot was made of the arrival of Pablo Fornals from Villarreal, but so far it’s Lanzini who has resumed his role as top creator, with the Spaniard still acclimatising to the Premier League.
Irons fans will be delighted he is starting to really tick again, especially since now the club have Haller up front.
The Frenchman has seriously impressed so far and could be set for a fine debut season if Lanzini keeps pulling the strings.