Manuel Lanzini “will be seething” with the West Ham decision to block his potential January move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Kevin Phillips.
The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted he would have been “annoyed” if he was in the 28-year-old’s position.
Football Insider revealed last week that the Irons knocked back an approach from PSG for the Argentine playmaker on deadline day.
David Moyes believes the attacking midfielder could still have a big role to play in the second half of the season despite his lack of game time thus far.
The arrival of Said Benrahma and Jesse Lingard over the past five months has seen Lanzini fall down the pecking order at the London Stadium.
When asked whether he expected the player to be angry with the club’s decision, Phillips told Football Insider: “100 per cent.
“Inside the player will probably be seething with the club’s decision.
“When you get PSG coming in for you, and you are not playing regularly for your current team, understandably you’d be interested in a move.
“Thinking with my player’s head on – I’d be annoyed but unfortunately that is football. The club have made the decision to not let him go. They need numbers.
“Lanzini will have to be professional, get to the end of the season and then assess his future again. He will be disappointed.”