Chadwell Chatter - Manuel Lanzini

Explosive winger Manuel Lanzini pens his first exclusive column

I would like to first start by thanking everyone connected to the club for welcoming me into life at West Ham United!

The fantastic support I have received has certainly helped me to settle in quickly, and after speaking to the other new foreign players – Dimi and Pedro, I know it has helped them a lot too.

We have made an excellent start to the season, and we are all determined to keep this unbeaten run going for as long as possible.

Having watched the Premier League when I was growing up, it has been a dream of mine to play in England for a very long time.

I’ve always knew about the passion and the pace but I didn’t appreciate how hard this league really is.

In the Premier League, you can never underestimate any team. It is a very competitive league, and we’ve already seen how any team can beat anyone.

So far, I am enjoying every game and every training session, the quality and intensity is really amazing. 
This weekend we travel to play Sunderland and while we are at opposite ends of the table, we are not going underestimate. We have to continue carry on playing as we have been, and try and maintain our position in the league.

No matter who the opposition is, we always look to play the same style, at home and away. We know the quality we have in our team and we have some very good players; that’s why we have been getting such good results.

On a personal note, I can’t help but mention my goal against Liverpool away at Anfield. It is a moment I will never forget, and brings a smile to my face whenever I think about it.

At the time, I didn’t know it had been so long since West Ham had last won at Anfield. It was a huge win for us and a great achievement.

Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and have a huge following back home in Argentina. To score in such an iconic stadium as Anfield meant a lot to me.

It’s always been a dream of mine to score goals, like it is for every attack minded player so hopefully I will score a few more this season!

The most important thing is for the team to do well, I am happy to celebrate every goal, no matter scores. My priority is to help the team, whether that is scoring or making goals.

A lot of people are talking about the impact of Dimitri Payet. He is a very important player but what people may not realise is how hard he works in training.

We’ve been getting on very well; he is one of the best players we have here and I am learning a lot from just watching him training. He can change a game in an instant and he creates so many chances.
Finally, I would also like to thank the manager because ever since I arrived, he has treated me very well, as has all the staff. He knows the game inside out and has a great reading of the matches. He picks out aspects of the game we need to improve on, during the game, and helps us adapt to it.

Hasta luego!