Benrahma's Signing Spells Doom For Manu

As we publish, the exact outcome of the 'Said Benrahma' transfer saga is still proving difficult to predict, however the major stumbling block that has prevented the deal from getting over the line is on the point of being resolved to the satisfaction of ALL parties. Unfortunately the 'ray of light' that shines bright for fans as they anticipate the arrival of the 'Algerian Messi', will be tempered by the dark cloud about to descend on the little jewel', Manuel Lanzini.

Should all the I's an T's be ticked off successfully and a medical that has been arranged for this afternoon passed, Benrahma will arrive with a high price tag on his head, with the eventual deal costing anything between £17-30 Million depending on various quite ludicrous add ons. Generally following such a large outlay the player is instantly introduced in to the starting line up, but herein lies a dual issue, firstly through design and by fate, David Moyes has hit upon a really effective line up which raises the adage, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it!'.

The second and more salient issue is, what is going to happen to 'Manu' Lanzini now? The incredibly affable Lanzini, by his own admission is a shadow of the player he once was, his massive cruciate and knee injury sustained while training with his beloved Argentine national side put him out of action for nearly a year, the fact that he was rushed back from injury didn't help the 27 year old as he 'broke down' on several occasions.

There is already no starting place allocated to Lanzini in Moyes' plans, and with the arrival of yet more competition it is difficult to see where and when he can get a look in, 'Manu' is far too great a talent to have languishing in the reserves or just warming the bench. Having been handed a new five year deal that doesn't expire until the end of June 2023, with the club having a further two year option for renewal, Lanzini has an 'airtight' contract. When a club has a player of value, it is common practise to hand them a long contract to ensure other clubs cannot take advantage of the player's contract reaching it's final year, that is all well and good if the player doesn't pick up a long term injury, unfortunately both Lanzini and Winston Reid were both given long, and generous contracts and now neither player looks like featuring for the first team any time soon.

Having been valued as much as £40-50 Million before his injury, Manu Lanzini's current value is only £12 Million according to Transfer Market

What happens next for the diminutive midfielder is hard to predict, with Felipe Anderson shipped off to fC Porto there is possibly a berth in the team for him, but where would Benrahma then play? Although injuries and suspensions obviously effect the needs for support players, Manuel Lanzini's preferred position is currently occupied by the very in form Pablo Fornals, a player that David Moyes 'fancies' due to his relentless box to box endurance, the player is like a 'Duracell Bunny' sometimes!

There are plenty of clubs to have shown an interest in acquiring the 'little jewel's' services, however it seems the club are keen to rehabilitate Lanzini in order to possibly prepare him for sale, it is believed that has already been the intention, but as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, prices for 'luxury' players have dropped disproportionately and it was eventually decided that his services would be better off retained in the short term until the market picks up again, after all he is on a long contract.

The issue may well turn out to be if Manuel Lanzini is 'happy' to not be playing, Hammers cannot afford to have a player on big wages, a long contract and not play him, perhaps Chelsea or one of the other 'Tycoon' run clubs can, but for the cash strapped Irons it is an issue that has to be dealt with, if not during the very soon to be January window, then definitely by the next. - Ed

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boogerscaravan's picture

On a plus point. Benrahma is a natural penalty taker, therefore if Mr West Ham continues to be left out or handed 10 mins at the end of a game. That job will be filled nicely. As far as Lanzini is concerned. He's just going to have to put in the effort in training and be ready for his chance. Be that off the bench for now, or if the injury curse strikes. In from the start, he has to take his chance...

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

I think that sums it up. Lovely guy no longer at Prem player standard. God....we talk about sentiment with Mark Mr West Ham Noble surely it stops just there?

He's not going to make the 11 but a chance off the bench now that Skimpy Pants plays in Porto :o)

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boogerscaravan's picture

Exactly, I think Moyes values Lanzini he's in his thoughts but not currently for the first 11. Only leaves the FA Cup for a start now. As for Lanzini going forward, I would expect if the season continues, meaning it doesn't get engulfed in a corona virus stoppage again. Then he will probably be offered or will look for interested parties come January. Just taking it a stage further, if Fornals or Benrhama (assuming we get him) were to test positive for Covid, he'd get a run in the team that way.

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The old lanzini would still be 1 of the first names on the team sheet not anymore

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Burkie111's picture

He's not the player he was ,he'll never last 90 mims

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Bloody shame,he was red hot,before that poxy injury.

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The latest twist is that Benrahma is a practically done deal. I feel that the club should also have tried to sign Josh King as well. But Lanzini warming the benches is a certainty, unless he battles to now be the player he used to be before that international injury of his.

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Mr Green St's picture

I do feel for Lanzini and back in the day he was an amazing creative force who never kicked off in wanting out, but who knows, he may well get close to being that force once again given time.
But Benrhama is most certainly welcome in my book. When you look at the creativeness within the side, an injury may well see us struggle in that department. At one point it seemed like it would come down to either Benrhama or King, personally I would go for the creativity of Benrahma than King, but if the truth be known the signing of King would also be welcomed and much needed for the season ahead.

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