Slaven Bilic hails Manuel Lanzini after West Ham draw

The Argentine was a driving force in the Hammers coming from two down against Sunderland.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has praised midfielder Manuel Lanzini, telling the club’s official website that the Argentine’s link-up play with Dimitri Payet is a major part of the Hammers’ attacking play.

The Boleyn Ground outfit found themselves 2-0 down against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light yesterday, but the London outfit rallied to record a point away from home, drawing 2-2.

The 22-year-old Argentine played a role in the Hammers getting back into the tie, building on positive performances for West Ham this season.

Despite the fact that Payet got he equalising goal and will get most of the plaudits, Bilic has stated that Lanzini deserves praise.

The South American’s versatility is clearly an asset for the Croatian to use, with the retired defender hailing the Al Jazira loanee for his contribution.

“He is that type of player and that is why we got him,” Bilic told the club’s official website.

“People are saying he is a number ten, for me he is not that and he likes to get a lot of contact on the ball and he is gaining space. I like him a lot as a player and he is a big asset for us.

“He is the one that gives Payet a breather and the opportunities to get the ball when he is not marked. The two of them are really good together.”

Despite arriving in England as a virtual unknown to most, the former River Plate man has started five Premier League games for West Ham so far, scoring once.

With potential for a permanent switch in the summer, it looks like the Hammers have found another bargain in the transfer market.

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