It had to be West Ham’s Argentinian Jewel, didn’t it? Manuel Lanzini has earned the Premier League’s goal of the month for his rocket against Spurs.
There was no effort in the Premier League in October that could knock Manuel Lanzini off of his pedestal for Goal of the Month. From the bench and obscurity in a cemented starting XI that didn’t feature him, Lanzini erupted in the most dramatic and West Ham fashion of all.
To relive the glory, West Ham started their comeback down 3-0 in the 82nd minute, a whipped in dead ball found Fabian Balbuena to make the scoreline more respectable. This invited more Hammers pressure as Vladimir Coufal pushed down the wing and forced a Davidson Sanchez own goal in the 85th minute.
With West Ham in full sprint to complete the comeback, a late setpiece in the dying seconds of the match saw a Cresswell delivery rebuked by the Spurs defenders, only to bound toward the top of the box where Manuel Lanzini was lining up a thunderbolt.
Angelo Ogbonna blocked the only Spurs player in the area and Lanzini let fly a crossbar-and-in strike that will forever be etched in West Ham minds and Tottenham nightmares. 3-3 in the 94th minute and the final whistle immediately chased the goal kick-off.
Lanzini’s award was one of three West Ham members honoured by a nomination for the Premier League monthly trophies. Pablo Fornals was beaten out by Heung-min Son for player of the month while David Moyes was topped by Nuno from Wolves for manager of the month.
While not nabbing all three awards is disappointing, the nomination across all three available areas is a massive indicator that the Hammers are progressing forward under David Moyes and inching towards more sustained and predictable success.
Congratulations, Manuel Lanzini for the appropriately honoured goal of the month. An unforgettable striker to mark the comeback for West Ham and the player will live on as the exclamation point in one of the most unthinkable comebacks in Premier League history.