Following the arrival of club-record signing Lucas Paqueta, West Ham United are considering selling midfielder Manuel Lanzini, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Lanzini’s Career
Originally arriving at Rush Green on loan from Al-Jazeera, the Argentina international joined the Hammers on a permanent deal in the summer of 2016 for a fee of £9million.
The 29-year-old has become an integral part of David Moyes’ squad, having amassed 210 appearances for the Irons.
This season though, the attacking midfielder has played just 93 minutes of Premier League football, failing to make an appearance in four of the Hammers’ opening seven games.
The latest: Lanzini release news
According to a report from Football Insider, West Ham are now ready to offload Lanzini after Paqueta’s £51million arrival at the London stadium.
It is believed that the Argentine was told during the summer transfer window that he was free to find a new club, either on loan or on a permanent deal.
Having failed to agree elsewhere, the midfielder stayed in east London.
However, he has reportedly been told his situation remains the same ahead of the winter window as he will be cleared to leave again in January.
Moyes no longer considers Lanzini a key player, meaning he’s surplus to Rush Green’s requirements.
The Verdict: Lanzini vs. Paqueta
When comparing the stats of the two attacking midfielders, while Lanzini comes out on top in a few areas, Paqueta’s all-around ability clearly dominates the standings.
According to FBRef, compared to their positional peers across Europe over the past year, Argentina ranks in the 99e percentile for success and in the 97e percentile for attempted passes. In the same categories, the Brazilian ranks in the 81st percentile and 88e percentile respectively.
However, Paqueta also ranks in the top 15 percent for total shots, progressive passes, progressive passes received, pressures, tackles, clearances and jumps earned. Lanzini, on the other hand, ranks in the bottom 50% for five of those categories.
While Lanzini has been a brilliant servant to the club, having been hailed as a ‘special player’ by team-mate Declan Rice, it appears his time in Moyes’ XI is now over.