Kenny salutes Moyes as Lanzini delight at new West Ham role revealed
David Moyes is right to “shuffle the pack” and experiment with playing Manuel Lanzini in a deeper role during pre-season at West Ham.
So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Hammers’ 1-0 win over Brentford on 31st July.
Speaking to West Ham TV after the final whistle, Lanzini admitted he was revelling in his “new position”.
The Argentinian midfielder claimed he was enjoying “getting more touches of the ball and helping the team keep possession.
Lanzini played in the number 10 role for 16 of his 23 appearances in all competitions in 2020-21.
But Kenny lauded Moyes for deploying the 28-year-old in a more conventional midfield role in recent friendly fixtures.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “It’s a good sign, definitely. We know how good he can be when he’s bang at it.
“Things happen throughout the season and you could end with loads of injuries at any time. Sometimes you have to shuffle the pack.
“It’s been such a tough year with Covid. There have been so many fixtures in such a short space of time and, because of that, there has been a lot more injuries.
“I think it’s typical of Moyes, juggling people around. As long as players can play in position, then why not?”
Five-time international Lanzini has been with West Ham since signing from Al-Jazira in 2015.
He has scored 22 times and supplied 23 assists in his time in East London.