Bilic comments on comparisons between Manuel Lanzini and Luka Modric

Luka Modric

West Ham midfielder Lanzini has been compared to former Tottenham man Modric.

Manuel Lanzini has been on the end of some high praise this week, and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has taken to the Standard to comment on the comparisons made between the Argentine midfielder and Luka Modric - former star of Tottenham Hotspur.

Bilic said: “I have never seen a player who reminds me of Luka Modric as much as Manuel Lanzini. Luka is my favourite player. He is my prototype of a great midfielder. He does not look strong but some players can defy that physicality to impose themselves. Modric is the same and, like him, Lanzini is not afraid either. I am delighted with him.”

It was Bilic who saw the early potential in Modric when he was still a teenager playing in his homeland, giving the midfielder his debut for the Croatian Under-21 side. It was the start of a career that saw Modric excel for Tottenham, before leaving Spurs to sign for Real Madrid - where he is still a key player.

Lanzini's move to England has many parallels with when Modric moved to Spurs, as he was something of an unknown here despite being highly praised in his homeland. Dubbed ‘the Jewel’ by Argentine fans, Lanzini is an excellent playmaker, but Bilic has seen similarities with Modric in the way that Lanzini can cope with the physicality of the game as well.

Both have slight frames and rely upon their speed of thought to get out of tricky situations, but Bilic believes that the pair are surprisingly strong given how they look.

Bilic has also praised the duo’s fearlessness on the field of play, saying that both want to impose themselves, and it appears as if Lanzini is going someway to fulfil the role of ‘great midfielder’ that Bilic sees in Modric.

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