Stat's A Fact - 50 up for Lanzini
A goal and a great performance, just not the right result as West Ham United’s Manuel Lanzini made his 50th Premier League appearance for the club.
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Diego Costa scored as the visitors went two up, but it was Lanzini who got the Hammers’ consolation goal to round off what had been another impressive display by the Argentinian.
Lanzini’s goal was a cool finish in to the bottom corner in added time at the end of 90 minutes, and was his sixth in the current campaign.
In total, the Argentinian had four shots during the course of Monday night’s match, more than any player on the pitch and he also completed the most amount of successful dribbles (three).
His 73 passes were completed at a success rate of 89 per cent: third-best for the Hammers behind Mark Noble and Winston Reid (who both played fewer minutes), and bettered only by N’Golo Kanté for the opponents.
Lanzini was a constant threat for the hard-working Hammers and his 97 touches reflect how his subtle movement consistently made him an open option for his teammates- only deep-lying midfielders Pedro Obiang (108) and Cesc Fabregas (99) made more touches.
Defensively, Manuel put in a shift as he made a total of four key interceptions – again more than any player on the park. He also covered the second-most amount of ground by a West Ham player at 11.84 km, with Robert Snodgrass’ 12.10 km topping the charts.
The Argentinian has been enjoying an excellent up-turn in form since the turn of the year and is not just proving an instrumental link between the Hammers’ midfield and attack but has chipped with a goal or two as well!
Since joining the Hammers in August 2015, Lanzini has scored 12 Premier League goals to date. Impressively, eight of those have come in London derbies. Yesterday’s finish was his second against Chelsea, after he scored during the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge last March, whilst he has also netted against capital counterparts Crystal Palace (four times) and Tottenham Hotspur (twice).
Broken down, his 12 goals are made up of nine right-footed strikes and three left-footed. Monday night’s strike was his third in the last four appearances at London Stadium, highlighting the rich vein of form he is in.
It is not just goals however where Lanzini has been important in the big games. He has grown in to being West Ham United’s key creative outlet, contributing assists and key passes at will.
There is no doubt that, if Lanzini can continue his recent form and deliver more performances akin to Monday night’s, the results will follow for West Ham United. Next up for the Hammers, they visit Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium – can the Argentinian make it goal number 13?