Manuel Lanzini was the best player on the park as West Ham United beat Everton 3-1 on Sunday in the final game of the Premier League season.
The Argentina international netted twice to put the Toffees to the sword at the London Stadium, with Marko Arnautovic grabbing the other and Oumar Niasse responding for the visitors.
— Manuel Lanzini (@manulanzini) May 13, 2018
Speculation continues to mount over Lanzini’s future in East London and this display was a reminder of why he will likely be in high demand once the transfer window reopens in the summer.
The 25-year-old’s first of the day was a sharp left-footed finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area after Cheikhou Kouyate’s pass from deep had fortunately fallen his way.
Arnautovic added a second for West Ham after the break, lashing home from 25 yards past Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal, who appeared deceived by the power and dip on the Austrian’s effort.
The Merseysiders offered brief hope of a fightback to their fans when Niasse turned sharply in the box and powered his shot beyond Adrian, but Lanzini sealed all three points with a curling strike that again could and perhaps should have been kept out.
Overall it was a fine display from the Hammers, who have endured another difficult campaign and are set for a summer of upheaval.
Manager David Moyes, brought in to replace Slaven Bilic in November, has achieved his target of keeping the club in the top flight but fans are not keen for the pragmatic Scot to continue at the helm.
Lanzini, though, will be delighted to end the term on such a high note and will hope that this performance is enough to earn him a place in his country’s squad for the World Cup in Russia.
The best of the reaction from the West Ham faithful on Twitter can be found below:
After Lanzini scores his first goal, he taps the badge as part of his celebration. Doubt a player that is about to move to Liverpool would do a celebration that implies that he loves this club and is showing his loyalty to us…
— West Ham News/Views (@WHUFC_News_6) May 13, 2018
Good to end the season with 3pts ⚒️⚒️
Thought for once all the players played well with some stand out performances from Lanzini, Arnie, Mario, Adrian and Zaba to name a few.
— ⚒️COYI ⚒️ (@Whufc80) May 13, 2018
A very poor season on the whole but a fantastic way to end today with a cracking display @ home ! Lanzini and Arnie on another level and Rice,Zaba and Adrian all top class too ! Top quality day in the sun, ROLL ON PRE-SEASON ! #COYI ⚒
— JL ⚒ (@JakeLoadman) May 13, 2018
— Claret & Big Blue (Devils) (@ClaretBigBlue) May 13, 2018
See what happens when Manuel Lanzini is healthy. #COYI
— Jake Bezeau (@Bezeau02) May 13, 2018
Well I really enjoyed today! Not a sniff of gloating from my toffee mates. They were outplayed from start to finish. Lanzini the difference and I hope he gets a World Cup place. #COYI
— Michelle ⚒ 🏴 (@Sullivan_Mish) May 13, 2018
— Replacement Level (@NegativeVORP) May 13, 2018
Not a bad way to end the season, fantastic performance especially from arnautovic, lanzini and Mario. Buzzing to have arnie sign my shirt at the end of the game 🙌🏻😂⚒, COYI onto next season ⚒⚒ pic.twitter.com/f6hFf7ffdq
— ⚒jack⚒ (@Jack_Ryan_123) May 13, 2018
Also the idea that this *could* be the last time I watch Lanzini in a West Ham shirt (rumored) has me quite uneasy #COYI ⚒
— Nick’s Sporting Goods 🏉⚽️🏈🏀 (@NickySports) May 13, 2018
— Steve Conway (@stevecon88) May 13, 2018