Lanzini - I had missed playing for our fans

Manuel Lanzini made a perfect return to action with West Ham United on Sunday
Manuel Lanzini made a perfect return to action with West Ham United on Sunday.

Lanzini completed ALL of his 33 passes in West Ham United’s thumping 5-1 Emirates FA Cup fifth round win at Blackburn Rovers.

The Argentine appeared as a substitute with the Hammers leading 2-1, before playing his part in goals for Emmanuel Emenike and Dimitri Payet as West Ham ran riot late on.

The No28, who was back in action after a six-week injury lay-off, told he was delighted to make his reappearance in such a sensational team display.

“I am very happy to be playing again and happy also for the game and for the win,” said Lanzini.
“I want to be playing and taking the ball. This is my game and the way I play and this is the way I want to be playing my football.”

Lanzini painted pretty patterns all over the Ewood Park pitch, combining with two-goal Payet, Alex Song and Victor Moses to repeatedly carve open the Blackburn defence.

For a player who learned his craft at Argentine giants River Plate and Brazilian club Fluminense, the 23-year-old knows a thing or two about attacking football, and was impressed by what he saw on Sunday.

“We have Payet and he is an amazing player and is different from anyone else, just amazing!” he continued. “I played with Ariel Ortega at River Plate, Deco at Fluminense and some amazing players, and Payet is a very good player with a very good touch.

“I look at Payet and what he can do and it is crazy!”

Lanzini was also delighted to see new signing Emenike bag two goals on his full debut in a West Ham shirt, with the Nigerian having followed the same path to the Boleyn Ground from Emirati football.

“Emmanuel is a good player for us and I am very happy for him scoring two goals,” he confirmed. “That’s good for him.”

Lanzini will hope to return to the Barclays Premier League this Saturday, when the Hammers host struggling Sunderland in the lunchtime kick-off. Unsurprisingly, the popular South American is hungry to devour the Black Cats.

“We need to look at the next game and to pick up the three points because if we play like we did at Blackburn we can finish near the top,” he concluded.

“Our fans will be there again and that’s normal. They gave me a great welcome back on Sunday and I had missed playing for our fans.”