West Ham duo named in Premier League team of the week
By Russell Edge
West Ham pair Winston Reid and Manuel Lanzini have been named in the Telegraph’s Premier League team of the week.
The news comes after the duo put in excellent performances to earn the Hammers a surprise 1-0 win over title-hopefuls Tottenham.
The win also mathematically secured the club’s top flight safety for another season and leaves them 12th after the weekend’s fixtures.
Chief football correspondent for the Telegraph Jason Burt was the man who made the decision to place the two alongside the likes of David Silva and Aaron Ramsey who also enjoyed a profitable weekend with their clubs.
Writing on the Telegraph website, Burt claimed that Lanzini: “Showed that he might – just might – be able to fill the void left by Dimitri Payet.”
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Lanzini has enjoyed a profitable season in front of goal for the Hammers, scoring eight league goals in 33 appearances, including another match winning strike in a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace back in October.
As for Reid, Burt credited his ability to take on in-form striker Harry Kane, writing on the Telegraph website: “West Ham bravely went man-for-man on Harry Kane with Reid taking on the role and physically dominating the Spurs striker as few other defender have done.”
The West Ham mainstay has established himself as a key member of Slaven Bilic’s starting XI and plays a pivotal role in the heart of the defence.
The 28-year-old has made 29 appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring two goals.
West Ham host Liverpool in their penultimate match this season, before travelling to Burnley on the final day.
In other West Ham transfer news, The Hammers are keen on a Championship defender but must rival Tony Pulis’ West Brom.