Lanzini earns maiden Argentina call up

Manuel Lanzini has been rewarded for his great form in West Ham colours with a maiden call up to the Argentine national team for their upcoming friendlies vs Brazil and Singapore next month.

Lanzini has represented Argentina at U20 level, but has never made a senior appearance for the Albiceleste.

We reckon this is well deserved for him- he was West Ham’s Players Player of the Season for 2016/17, and probably the club’s most creative player following the departure of Dimitri Payet. It took him a while to settle down, but he really came into his own in the 16/17 season.

It’s a strong Argentine squad- the likes of Lionel Messi, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain are all in it. [Read more…]

Antonio named Hammer of the Year, Lanzini Players’ Player of the Year

Michail Antonio has been named the Hammer of the Year at the Player Awards ceremony at the Intercontinental. The 27 year old edged out Manuel Lanzini and Pedro Obiang to the award. Lanzini however did get the Players’ Player of the Year Award.

Edimilson Fernandes won the Signing of the Year award, perhaps a testament to how poor the club’s signings have been this season when the winner has started only 3 games.

Antonio, who has also been linked with a switch away from the London Stadium in the summer, also appeared to quell those rumours when he mentioned that “he’d like to win it again” in his acceptance speech. [Read more…]

Watch Video- Manuel Lanzini’s Rabona Cross vs Everton

Check out this great piece of skill from West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, one of the club’s standout players in yesterday’s goalless draw against Everton at the London Stadium, showing the Argentine attempting a rabona cross against Ronald Koeman’s side. Didn’t quite have the end result as Payet’s against Watford, but definitely worth a watch! [Read more…]

Goal of the season for 2016/17- Nominees announced & Voting Open

The club have today (April 19, 2017) officially opened voting for the End of the Season Awards in six categories- Hammer of the Year, Best Goal, Best Save, Team Performance, Individual Performance and Best Signing.

The Best Goal of the season award has six nominees- two of the goals came against Crystal Palace.

Antonio v Watford (Payet’s rabona assist)
Payet v Middlesbrough (great individual goal)
Lanzini v Palace
Reid v Sunderland
Carroll v Palace
Kouyate v Swansea

In our humble opinion, Carroll vs Palace is our easy winner. [Read more…]

Video Manuel Lanzini’s delicate chip finish v Palace

Didn’t get as much attention owing to the stunner that Carroll’s goal was, but Manuel Lanzini again showed his class and his liking for Palace! (he’s scored every time he’s played them) with this delicate chip goal, scored after a wonderful counter attack from West Ham [Read more…]

Video Palace v West Ham- Cresswell assist, Benteke penalty miss and shocking Atkinson!

It was a decent performance from West Ham as they beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park. Not outstanding, but it got the job done.

Plenty of talking points from the game- Aaron Cresswell returning from injury, making his first start of the season and the beautiful interplay between Payet and him for Lanzini’s goal. Then Benteke’s penalty miss and Martin Atkinson’s howler- giving Cresswell two yellows in the space of a minute (neither of which were really deserved!) and ensuring he misses the next game.

Check the video highlights from this one below [Read more…]

Reid and Moses out till New Year- Bilic blames Chadwell Heath

Winston Reid and Victor Moses are expected to be out for an extended period of time, adding to West Ham’s injury woes. Reid was injured in training on Wednesday and will have a scan tomorrow to determine the nature of his injury, but Bilic has already said that the initial diagnosis is not good and he will be out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks.

Moses picked up his injury in the game against United last weekend, and is set for a similar spell on the sidelines.

The duo joining an increasing crowded injury list, but what will worry Bilic is that the players who are on the treatment table are among his most influential- the likes of Dimitri Payet, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho and Manuel Lanzini have been key to West Ham’s success this season. [Read more…]

Manuel Lanzini to West Ham- Bilic makes 7th signing of the summer window

Manuel Lanzini has become the latest arrival at the Boleyn Ground after signing a season long loan deal with West Ham. The 21 year old Argentine attacker joins from UAE club Al Jazira and becomes the Hammers’ seventh signing of the summer after Darren Randolph, Pedro Obiang, Stephen Hendrie, Dimitri Payet, Angelo Ogbonna and Carl Jenkinson. [Read more…]