It’s going to be difficult for the midfielder to hit the ground running, but he’s said all of the right things to his new gaffer as he looks to start in the club’s first game of the season against Arsenal in just over one week.
“I have already spoken with the manager. I told him I was looking forward to starting training, to getting fit and getting up to speed with my colleagues. It was great to have a chat with him,” he told whufc.com.
The Premier League will be a difficult challenge
Lanzini’s ambition and aims are admirable but it’s going to be difficult for him to get up to speed quickly because the Premier League is a different animal to anything he’s experienced before.
The league is generally high paced and quite physical, with referees far more lenient than in other divisions all over the world.
He can have an impact but initially, Bilic may have to think about ways he can offer the player some extra protection to ensure that he can play with a bit of freedom.
Will he start the season?
It’s difficult to judge whether he will start the game against Arsenal because he’s likely to be behind one or two other midfield options in terms of his fitness.
However, he can leave an impression in the mind of the manager in terms of training drills and his general sharpness in any friendly game.