Filed: Thursday, 2nd March 2017
By: Staff Writer
His performances against Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion have shown Manuel Lanzini has grasped the chance to drive the Irons' creativity and attacking play.
But is the Jewel ready to step out of Dimitri Payetís shadow and become a star for West Ham for years to come?
Or, as many people have pointed out recently, has he ever truly been second fiddle to Payet Ė or merely getting on with his job whilst Payet stole the headlines?
The topic is covered in the February issue of Blowing Bubbles with writer Stuart Plant suggesting the young Argentine has everything it takes to step up a level.
"Itís calming to see Lanzini providing the early signs of evidence that he can slide straight into the void left by Payet.
"Importantly though we must remember that Lanzini is six years younger, still learning, and hasnít even reached his peak. This is scary that he still needs to be afforded some leeway due to his age in relation to his talent.
"We now have to put our trust in him and build our side around him. If we do stick with Lanzini, it will surely pay dividends for years to come but weíll have to give him the time to develop and become an even better player than he is now."
The February issue of Blowing Bubbles, available now
Elsewhere in the February issue of the popular monthly magazine, Blowing Bubbles chats to Clyde Best on his journey from Bermuda to east London and why he would not allow the many racists to drive him out of English football.
Blowing Bubbles also asks if Lanzini can step out of Payet's shadow and become a star for West Ham for years to come and whether or not Mark Noble still deserves a place in our first choice XI.
Get your copy of Blowing Bubbles' February issue here.
Who needs Payet? Lanzini has shown why he's now our diamond geezer [2nd Mar 2017]
Rio Ferdinand defends West Ham's identity [30th Nov 2016]
Not enough British players, says Reo-Coker [7th Nov 2016]
Curbs tips Noble to shine despite difficult start to season [29th Sep 2016]
East End pub bans West Ham fans [22nd Sep 2016]
Brady, Adrian, Nolan & Payet: Thursday's news [15th Sep 2016]
September's Blowing Bubbles - out now! [14th Sep 2016]
The opposition view: AFC Bournemouth [22nd Aug 2016]
Frank Lampard urges West Ham not to forget roots as new era begins [6th Aug 2016]
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