Carl Jenkinson pays huge compliment to West Ham summer signing Manuel Lanzini

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Carl Jenkinson has hailed West Ham star Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham United defender Carl Jenkinson has told the Daily Star that he has been impressed with the instant impact from playmaker Manuel Lanzini.

Whilst French star Dimitri Payet has stolen the headlines at West Ham since joining from Marseille over the summer, Lanzini is starting to earn plaudits too.

The Argentine playmaker, 22, came up through the ranks with River Plate but left for Al-Jazira in 2014, but after just 24 appearances for the Abu Dhabi-based club, Lanzini made the move to the Premier League with the Hammers, joining on a season-long loan deal.

Lanzini has enjoyed a promising start in England, and played a key role in Saturday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, as he scored the crucial second goal to put West Ham back in front before Payet rounded off the scoring.

Lanzini continues to grow and develop in the Premier League, and team-mate Carl Jenkinson has told the Daily Star that he has been impressed with the player - before paying him a huge compliment by acknowledging his instant adjustment to life in England.

"Credit to Manu, he's got fantastic ability," said Jenkinson. "But I think the biggest credit for him is he has come over from another country and not only has he had to settle in with his personal life, the football is difficult here. It's more physical and for a small lad he is incredibly strong as well and he puts himself about and you don't see him knocked off the ball."

"Often for boys coming over here and playing in the Premier League it can take a season or even more to settle. Manu has come straight in and has been fantastic so I think that is the biggest compliment you can give him. He is only 22. He is very confident but he is very focused on his job and he is not the sort of person who will get ahead of himself," he added.

Slaven Bilic will no doubt be considering a permanent deal for Lanzini after his superb start to the season, but given that they have until next summer to make a decision, the Hammers boss should wait and see how Lanzini fares over the whole season before sanctioning a permanent move.

Yet given Lanzini's potential and his fine recent displays, other clubs could be alerted by his superb form in East London, and it may force West Ham in to an early deal for the player, to save losing him to a rival club.

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