Bilic says he didn’t expect West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini to be so good

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West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini has been brilliant so far this season.

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic has admitted to being surprised by how well Manuel Lanzini has played since joining the club in the summer, the Daily Star reports.

The Argentine winger joined the Hammers on loan from Al Jazira last summer and has gone on to make eight Premier League starts thus far, scoring twice and adding an assists.

At 22, most youngsters need time to settle at their new club and more so players who come from South America as they notoriously struggle to adapt to the rigors of Premier League football.

However, Lanzini as seemingly succeeded where more illustrious players such as Angel di Maria and Juan Sebastian Veron haven’t, prompting Bilic to admit his great surprise.

“Manuel has been in really outstanding form and he is showing that he is a real player,” Bilic said.

“We wanted him last year at Besiktas but it just didn’t work out. I knew he’d be a major asset for us but I didn’t expect him to be that good straight away.”

“After playing in South America and then the UAE he should have needed time to settle in – but he surprised me because he clicked straight away.”

Lanzini’s form has caused West Ham to look at making his move permanent, with a late night report in The Sunday People suggesting his parent club want a figure in the region of £8 million.

Bringing in the youngster on a permanent deal would make sense for the East Londoners considering his impact at the club, while at the price quoted he could turn out to be a bargain.

Lanzini and fellow loan star Victor Moses has helped Bilic solve an early-season dilemma regarding a lack of width and keeping them both fit will be key in their push for a European place.

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