Hasn't Scaloni Done Enough To West Ham Already? Lanzini Next

Fans of a certain age will remember one Lionel Scaloni, who is now the Argentine national team manager, for his misplaced pass that led to Steven Gerrard's late late equaliser in the 2006 FA Cup final played at the Cardiff Stadium. To blame Scaloni completely would be to do him an injustice as he had performed admirably for the club during his loan spell from Deportivo La Coruna, indeed some would say that without his services the club would never have reached the final.

Recently appointed as full time manager of the Argentine national team, Scaloni has earmarked the return of Manuel Lanzini and that of Lionel Messi as the way forward for his team that have under performed in recent tournaments. Scaloni's decision does have wide implications particularly bearing in mind Lanzini's only two major career injuries have been while with the National squad, his recall so soon after his recent major injury will be of great concern to all those involved. Obviously it is ingratiating for the club to have players recognised, and empowering for the players, but in Lanzini's case surely caution should be the order of the day.

Manuel Pellegrini is a seasoned campaigner and will not wish to see one of his 'jewels' sent straight back in to action after their cruciate injury, don't be surprised if Lanzini develops a 'niggle' just ahead of the International break, he would miss playing two 'friendlies' in Europe but surely that is preferable to t5he risk he faces if he 'goes too soon'.

Scaloni's actions had a massive impact on the club thirteen years ago, it is to be hoped that his influence is far less costly in the present day! - Ed


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