Don Hutchison has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 16th February, that Mark Noble's been encouraging Manuel Lanzini to fill the void left by Dimitri Payet’s departure at West Ham United.
Payet left West Ham to join Marseille last month, after deciding that his future no longer belonged at the London Stadium.
In truth, Payet has not been anywhere near his best throughout the whole season and Noble had realised that the attacking midfielder was on his way out.
As a result, the Hammers’ captain had been encouraging Lanzini to believe himself, to try and draw his best form out of him.
“Mark said that he has been on at him for six months telling him that ‘you can be our man, you’ve got all the talent’. I think he’s been living under Payet’s shadow, but now he’s playing well and got his goal at the weekend,” Hutchison said.
Lanzini has stepped up since Payet’s departure, and become one of West Ham’s most important players in recent weeks.
The Argentine midfielder has sparkled though his performances lately, and appears to be playing to the maximum of his ability.
Payet’s decision to leave seems to have galvanised West Ham’s, with their form starting to improve.
Slaven Bilic’s side have climbed out of the bottom half of the table, to move up into 10th place in the Premier League standings.
West Ham are next in action in two weekends’ time, when they take on Watford.