No Payet? No Problem: Can Manuel Lanzini fill void for West Ham United?

West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their first goal

The Argentine notched two assists in The Hammers 3-1 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

As West Ham United's want-away star Dimitri Payet continues his stubborn fight to leave the Premier League, on Saturday The Hammers notched their second league win on the bounce.

Even without their mercurial Frenchman, Slaven Bilic's men scored another three goals, as West Ham climbed into mid-table with worries of relegation seemingly now behind them.

West Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring their second goal with Manuel LanziniWest Ham United's Andy Carroll celebrates scoring their second goal with Manuel Lanzini

With Andy Carroll scoring, with three in his last two outings, the contributions of Manuel Lanzini shone brightly once more. With the future of Payet still in the balance the questions remains: can the Argentine now fill the Dimitri Payet void in East London?

When the news broke just days before The Irons vital clash with Crystal Palace at the London Stadium just 10 days ago, it brought immediate concerns from the fans of just who would be their creator-in-chief.

Payet, with eight assists and two goals in 18 league appearances this term, has nonetheless appeared a shadow of himself post-Euro 2016 - which in hindsight is reflective of his recent attitude. 

After more than a hour of frustration for the Hammers faithful last weekend, Bilic's side found their goalscoring touch.

Lanzini sealed the win with a third versus The Eagles and after setting up both Carroll and substitute Jonathan Calleri for the visitors opening and third efforts at the Riverside on Saturday, the Argentine has the fans shown what he can now bring to West Ham's play.

Lanzini at the time was largely eclipsed by the rising stock of Payet, who went on amass 13 assists and nine goals last season.

Now however, if Payet does indeed not play another minute for West Ham United, the chance has arisen for Manuel Lanzini to own the number 10 spot as his own and grab it with both hands, and it is there for the taking.

West Ham United's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring their first goalWest Ham United's Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring their first goal

As a key player for Slaven Bilic last term, Lanzini was often forced to field a deeper-lying role for this side, but in the light of recent developments, the chance to improve on a relatively paltry tally of just four goals and two assists, will be afforded the diminutive Argentine.

There is no question that the boots of Dimitri Payet are imposing ones to fill, but in his last two outings alone, West Ham fans can look forward to more of the same with a role of greater responsibility. 

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