George Parris: ‘Lanzini’s return provides welcome boost to West Ham’

Lanzini is a class player and now I hope he gets through the remaining games of this season unharmed

Now is the time for West Ham to show the consistency we’ve been hoping for all season. Win the games at home that we should win and hopefully we can nick points from the tough away games we have at Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United. With no threat of relegation, we should be looking upwards and onwards and really attacking teams.

Realistically we could finish seventh as all the teams in this mini-league are all as inconsistent as each other. And seventh position would be an achievement for us this campaign. We’ve all heard the stat about Pellegrini having never finished outside the top six in his managerial career but there was a realism, certainly from me, that we wouldn’t achieve that this season.

You can reel off the most likely top six at the start of the season but to get seventh we will need consistency. One player to help with that will surely be Manuel Lanzini. He was brilliant against Newcastle and showed us all what has been missing from this West Ham side.

He was everywhere, linking play and connecting the midfield to attack seamlessly. He is a class player and now I hope he gets through the remaining games of this season without aggravating his injury – or picking up another injury. This will give him the confidence that he is now over his injury and then kick on for us next season.

Great day for Bonzo

Being part of Billy Bonds’ special day was fantastic. It was an honour to have been asked along with such great names from West Ham’s past. It felt like the perfect day. All us ex players and staff were in the tunnel and Bill came down and mingled with us all, then the reception from the crowd and the emotion after he stepped out was incredible and then the performance against Newcastle with two of our own scoring – amazing!

You could see in the tunnel how much it all meant to him. He was quite emotional before even going out. But it was also emotional for all of us. To have played with him, we all knew how much it meant to him. We all know who the man is and what he has done.

As a player, he was incredible. I know when I played with him, he was getting on but he was still running around like a youngster. You always see that figure of him as a warrior but he was a really good footballer too – he could play one-touch football with the best of them. I didn’t play under him as West Ham manager for long but he took that raw honesty he had as a player into management. He truly deserved his honour.

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