Slaven Bilic shares what he 'didn't quite realise' about Manuel Lanzini

Slaven Bilic

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has praised playmaker Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has been quoted by the Daily Express as saying that he didn't quite realise how good Manuel Lanzini could become.

The Hammers earned a 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Saturday, but will have been somewhat disappointed to have only come away with a point having twice led at Stamford Bridge.

It was Argentine star Lanzini who opened the scoring with a stunning strike, before Cesc Fabregas equalised with an equally impressive free kick. Andy Carroll smashed the Hammers back in front from Dimitri Payet's pass, but a controversial late penalty from Fabregas meant West Ham only picked up a point in West London.

Payet is the player who has attracted incredible praise for his performances this season, but fellow playmaker Lanzini has also been outstanding in claret and blue.

The former River Plate man, 22, is currently on a season-long loan deal from UAE side Al Jazira, and is expected to pen a permanent deal this summer having hit five goals and one assist so far this season.

After recent injury blows, Lanzini was back to top form against Chelsea, and his display unsurprisingly drew praise from manager Bilic.

As quoted by the Daily Express, Bilic claimed that Lanzini has 'produced some brilliant football' this season, and admitted that even he didn't quite realise just how good Lanzini can be, despite bringing him to Upton Park during last summer's transfer window.

"Its special enough wearing the No. 10 shirt for River Plate, at only 18 years of age, it is after all a very famous number, but Lanzini has developed with us and produced some brilliant football," said Bilic. "Perhaps I didn't quite realise how good he can be. At 22, he is willing to take responsibility, and copes easily with the pressure," he added.

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