Manuel Lanzini reacts to Upton Park debut, praises 'magnificent' fanbase

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West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini made his Upton Park bow on Sunday.

West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini has told the club's official website that he was 'very excited' about making his debut on Sunday.

The Hammers lost 2-1 to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen on Sunday, with two Anthony Ujah goals cancelling out Diafra Sakho's opener at Upton Park.

Manager Slaven Bilic must now turn his attention to Thursday's vital Europa League qualifier against Astra Giurgiu, before he takes his side to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium for the Hammers' first game of the new Premier League season.

A raft of new signings should help West Ham this season, and Sunday marked the debut for one of those signings in Manuel Lanzini.

The Argentine playmaker has joined the Hammers on a season-long loan deal from Al-Jazira, and is looking to replicate the form that made him such a hot commodity during his time with former club River Plate.

Having made his debut at Upton Park, Lanzini spoke to the West Ham official website - and admitted that he enjoyed playing in front of the 'magnificent' Hammers fanbase.

"I’m very happy, very excited about making my debut, and playing with the first team," said Lanzini. "I think it was what I wanted, and looking beyond the result, I think there are good things and there are also some things to improve. However, personally I am very happy to have played."

"I wanted to know how it felt [to play in the Boleyn Ground] and think the club has a magnificent fanbase. It was really a very good game for a first team debut, and now I have to spend time with them [the fans] adjusting and getting comfortable with them, However for now I feel more at home, they are very passionate and fanatical fans, and that’s great," he added.

If Bilic chooses to play the 4-2-3-1 system that he utilised with Besiktas, there could well be a role for Lanzini in the starting line-up.

Fellow new arrival Dimitri Payet is likely to play in the No. 10 role for West Ham, but if the Frenchman is deployed in wide areas - as he was with Lille before joining Marseille - Lanzini could replace him in the attacking midfield spot, where he made his name in his native Argentina.

With skill and great technique, Lanzini will be hoping to dazzle West Ham fans - rather than slip into obscurity like compatriot Mauro Zarate has since joining from Velez Sarsfield last summer.

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