Could West Ham's Manuel Lanzini really be a new and improved Luka Modric?

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The West Ham United midfielder has been compared to the former Tottenham Hotspur star.

In comments recently published on West Ham United’s official website, the Hammers’ joint chairman David Sullivan explained just how the club regarded their loan signing Manuel Lanzini.

“We saw him more as a Luka Modric who scores goals,” Sullivan said. “He could turn out to be very special.”

But is the West Ham supremo right to suggest West Ham may – currently – have a new and improved Modric…or at least a player on the way to becoming just that?

So far in his short time at West Ham, Lanzini has scored three goals and provided two assists in just nine first-team appearances.

He has also looked a constant threat and despite his diminutive stature his talent swiftly shone through, something that can also be said of Modric, although the Croatian international took time to settle at Tottenham Hotspur and only found real consistency in the second half of his debut campaign.

By the end of the 2008/2009 season Modric – who was also 22 when he arrived in England – had scored five goals and provided 10 assists in 44 Tottenham appearances, but at least in terms of goals scored Lanzini is on course to better that in no time.

Modric ultimately grew into a hugely influential player first for Tottenham and then for Real Madrid, and although it is very early in his career Lanzini has certainly shown glimpses that he is on a similar path.

With the option to sign the Argentine permanently at the end of the season, there is little doubt West Ham will secure that deal as soon as they can, and while Sullivan’s comments could easily come back to haunt him, something suggests he may not be too far off the mark.

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