Date: 24th December 2020 at 2:25pm
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In-the-know podcaster @ExWHUemployee has explained why Manuel Lanzini was out of action for West Ham United’s recent defeat against Chelsea.

On Monday night, the Hammers suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Frank Lampard’s side at Stamford Bridge (per BBC).

One man who neither started nor made the bench for David Moyes’ outfit was the Argentine midfielder.

That was, in fact, the first Premier League game in which the 27-year-old midfielder has not made the Irons’ matchday squad up to this point in the campaign (per Transfermarkt).

During the latest episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, @ExWHUemployee provided an update on Lanzini and explained why he missed the clash with the Blues. (51:15)

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General view inside the London Stadium ahead of West Ham v Norwich City

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He said: “Lanzini, the reason he wasn’t available for the game [against Chelsea] is that he had a tight hamstring.

“He could be back for the Brighton game, though. So, it’s not a serious one I’m told.”

TIF Thoughts on what @ExWHUemployee said about Manuel Lanzini…

As can be seen in what the West Ham insider had to say, it was a hamstring issue which kept Lanzini out of action against Chelsea, however, it is not a serious problem.

Should Manuel Lanzini be getting more minutes for West Ham this season?

No, he's not good enough

No, he's not good enough

Yes, he's a good player

Yes, he's a good player

For the most of this season, though, the Argentine has only been a bit-part player for the London Stadium club anyway.

Lanzini has made six substitute appearances in the top flight for the Irons in which he has managed to score one goal and provide no assists for teammates (per WhoScored).

He has earned a weak 6.40/10 average rating and that has made the £12.6m-rated man the seventh-worst performer in the Hammers’ squad in the league.

So, it would seem that the attacking midfielder is not a key player for Moyes and, therefore, cover should be available if he is sidelined for any period of time.