'Filthy', 'Unreal' - West Ham fans rave about one player following 3-0 win v Stoke
West Ham will have Manuel Lanzini to thank following their 3-0 victory over struggling Stoke, as the Argentine had arguably his best performance of the season so far.
It was not without controversy however, as the 24-year-old was accused of diving to earn West Ham their penalty in the first half.
Including that penalty, Lanzini had a hand in all of the goals, as he tallied two assists; the first of which was a sublime pass to club record signing Marko Arnautavić.
West Ham fans took to Twitter to rave about the young talent:
Lanzini’s so good, even that dive looked majestic. What a man ????????#COYI ⚒⚒⚒
— Lukas (@lu_thirty_1) December 16, 2017
We looked so dangerous on the counter today. Lanzini was at the heart of each attack too. Proved a lot of us wrong today.
— Khaleem Azam. (@AzamWHUFC) December 16, 2017
Lanzini is the new Payet
— Aladin (@alexislf14) December 16, 2017
Thought Manuel Lanzini was very impressive today and my MOTM, involved in all three goals. James Collins wasn’t far behind him though, headed and cleared everything near and in his own box. #whufc
— Warren Ashurst (@wazza_ashurst) December 16, 2017
Lanzini was filthy today, man is an unreal player with some ability. That assist for the second goal is something to be admired!!
— Geo Mackie (@redhammer8) December 16, 2017
Buzzing for match of the day tonight ⚒
— Irons ⚒ (@SilkyLanzini) December 16, 2017
Brilliant result today,thought Ginge was brilliant today,Lanzini looked a threat constantly,another great performance from the team COYI!
— ⚒ AL ⚒ (@6_AaronLee) December 16, 2017
Ain't nobody, like Lanzini.. ????
— Lewis Horder (@lewpot86) December 16, 2017
It is a shame that such a positive performace is almost certainly going to end in retrospective action from the FA for the alleged dive; via means of the replays it seemed as though Lanzini had started diving before any contact was made.
But the performance is encouraging for Hammers fans who haven’t had a lot to cheer in recent months.
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Up next for the Hammers is the League Cup quarter-final fixture against club rivals Arsenal, and fans will be desperate for their enigmatic Argentinian to be able to play if they are to keep up this impressive run of form.
In other West Ham news, here are three things we learned from today’s fixture.