Excited Lanzini says Payet and Sakho make life easy for him

Upton Park

The West Ham playmaker has enjoyed a fine start to life at Upton Park.

Things have been going rather well for Manuel Lanzini since he joined West Ham United.

And the Argentine says his life has been made a lot easier by the likes of Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho, according to the club's official website.

Indeed, the trio all played vital roles as West Ham beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Saturday afternoon. The win kept the Hammers' impressive away form up and took them back into the Premier League top four.

But Lanzini doesn't want to stop there. The 22-year-old is now 'very excited' to play Chelsea. And it's because of the help he gets from Payet and Sakho that he can genuinely await games like this with hope and positivity.

Lanzini told the West Ham site: "I think it is easy to play with players like Payet and Sakho and I have to work with them together to make sure we fit into how we're trying to score goals.

"I'm very excited to play Chelsea next week. We have to continue from this performance and try to win against another big team like Chelsea."

  Chances CreatedFinal-Third PassesDribblesTacklesMinutes Played
Dimitri Payet 6 27 3 0 90
Manuel Lanzini 3 29 5 0 90
Victor Moses 3 13 1 2 74

As Opta stats show, Payet unsurprisingly topped the creativity charts for West Ham against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Lanzini himself did win more dribbles, though, and completed two more final-third passes.

Striker Sakho didn't compare in these key areas but, naturally, the Hammers forward offers plenty to Slaven Bilic's side in several different departments.

Can West Ham keep up this sensational form - especially away from home?

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