Manuel Lanzini: West Ham 29-year-old has had a major influence on me
By Dominic Toner
West Ham ace Manuel Lanzini has stressed how important captain Mark Noble is both on and off the pitch and stated how he tries to learn off his teammate.
The 29-year-old has become part of the furniture for the Hammers in the past decade since he graduated from the club’s academy, making 402 senior appearances.
The central midfielder remains an ever-present in Slaven Bilic’s side this season, making 31 appearances across all competitions.
He has managed five goals and two assists in return, but is more renowned for his tough tackling and ability in possession.
West Ham playmaker Lanzini has revealed how important the skipper is on the pitch, while also influencing the dressing room with his experience.
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“It’s very good to play alongside Nobes,” Lanzini said, as quoted by the club’s official website. “It’s always good to play alongside experienced players and particularly those who are truly loved at their clubs, as they are the ones who can help you so much on and off the pitch.
“It’s very important to have him around and I try to learn as much as I can by watching him.”
Bilic will be hoping that his key players can deliver after the international break to get the club out of a poor run of results.
West Ham are only 12th-placed in the Premier League table and have had several poor patches of form that have meant hopes of the European spots became impossible.
The Londoners are without a win in their last five matches and have lost their last three consecutive games.
They are also without a clean sheet in their last eight league fixtures and have struggled to adjust since the summer move to the London Stadium.
In other West Ham news, supporters have urged the club to sign an experienced forward.