West Ham completed the season-long loan signing of Manuel Lanzini on Wednesday, and South American football expect Tim Vickery took to Twitter to give his assessment of the player - highlighting his main worry in comparison to a Tottenham player.
Lanzini to West Ham. Lovely little playmaker, really hope it comes off, worried that he might be too lightweight (reminds me of Tom Carroll)— Tim Vickery (@Tim_Vickery) July 22, 2015
Lanzini is an attacking midfielder who arrives at the Boleyn Ground from Al-Jazira on loan, but it was with River Plate where he made his name.
A tricky playmaker, he scored 13 goals and registered 14 assists in 89 games with the Argentine club, and became well regarded for his vision and technical strength.
However, Vickery highlights the main issue that Lanzini will face in the Premier League, being too small to potentially cope with the physical play. He is only 1.70m tall, and has a slight frame which could make him too lightweight if not given time on the ball to right himself.
Opposition defences press intensely in the Premier League, and Lanzini will need to hope his teammates put the work in to ensure that he has time on the ball to put his skills to use.
Vickery has compared Lanzini with Tottenham’s Tom Carroll, who, despite a lot of promise, has yet to truly impress in the top flight.
He is also seen as being too lightweight for the division, and his lack of physical character means games often pass him by.
Thankfully for the Hammers, Lanzini has only been signed on loan, with the option to purchase him outright at the end of the campaign. This means there is limited financial drain on the club, and if he does not adapt to English football, there is no reason to sign him permanently.
Yet, if he does impress, the Hammers have first refusal on a player who will have shown himself off in the Premier League.
The deal looks to be the perfect one of the Hammers, but fans will be hoping that Vickery’s assessment does not ring true when the 2015/16 season starts.