West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident that Manuel Lanzini can take another step to get even better.
The 26-year-old is regarded as one of the outstanding individuals at the London Stadium and he’s overcome his latest injury problem to start the new season strongly.
Lanzini has started all four Premier League games so far and managed two assists, with Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne the only player in the division to create more chances too.
The attacking midfielder helps pull the strings in the final third for the Hammers and is part of an exciting attacking unit alongside the likes of Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson.
He has proven in the past when fully fit he can be a talisman for West Ham and supporters should be praying he can avoid any injury problems anytime soon.
Pellegrini has raved about the potential of Lanzini to get even better ahead of the Monday night’s game against Aston Villa.
“It’s very good to have Manu Lanzini back and I hope he continues to create so many chances over the rest of the season. He came back from his injury with trust and always wants the ball and to do different things. He will keep improving and I think he can take one step more,” Pellegrini said in his press conference, as cited by the club’s official website.
Lanzini appears to be creeping towards top gear and it’s bad news for Premier League defences if that is the case.
The Argentine playmaker has the vision and technique to unlock opponents, while supplying centre-forward Haller should make his job that much easier.
There are no Hammers supporters that doubt the individual quality of Lanzini, but it does feel like he’s got an extra five per cent that he’s yet to show the rest of the league.