The Mirror has reported this week that Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino may be looking to snatch West Ham’s in demand midfielder, Manuel Lanzini.
A lack of success over the last few seasons and with the recent dismal of Slaven Bilic and appointment of David Moyes, a manager very much at the last chance saloon, the mood at West Ham is tender and fans are beginning to get anxious. Unfortunately for the Hammers, it’s times like these that other clubs come in for your best players, offering more money and a higher chance of success, something most players, and agents of course, will find hard to turn down.
Much to West Ham’s dismay, it is becoming increasingly obvious as to why Spurs would want Lanzini’s services and as the fortunes of West Ham plunder, increasingly all the more likely to happen.
Not only is the Argentinian from the same country as Pochettino, but his stats align themselves perfectly with the kind of team Spurs have built over the last few seasons. Having 33 tackles and 48 interceptions to his name last season, this is very impressive for an attacking midfielder, especially when West Ham’s campaign was marred with such disappointing performances. It’s statistics like these that gain the attention of managers such as Tottenham’s, whose players must all chip when the team is not in possession of the ball.
On top of this, Lanzini’s stats show a player who tends to come to life in bigger games. With nine goals in fourteen London Derby’s and just five in all other game last season, it is becoming all the more clear that the number 10 can make an impact when it counts and can play well under pressure, something Spurs have not been famously known for in the past and an issue Pochettino was desperate to address when first moving to North London.
It’s likely that the decision makers at Tottenham may be looking more long term with their interest in Lanzini. With the rumours of creative players such as Christian Eriksen and Dele Ali endlessly claiming they’re on the brink of moving to bigger clubs, Lanzini may be an attempt to prepare for all likely outcomes in the coming months or years.