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The short 10: Diminutive stars in the Premier League

Omene Osuya
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7.60K   //    07 Oct 2017, 21:11 IST

The original Premier League Hobbit, Zola helped change long-held perceptions on height in football
The original Premier League Hobbit, Zola helped change long-held perceptions on height in football

Gone are the days when every footballer was expected to be 6 feet tall to be able to cope with the English game.

With the arrival of the Premier League in 1992 and the influx of diminutive football stars, the under 6 feet footballers have found a pride of place in the league and are now central to any team’s hopes of achieving glory.


#10 Manuel Lanzini (West Ham)

Height: 5 feet, 5.5 inches (1.67m)

The heartbeat of West Ham, everything good the team does goes through Manuel
The heartbeat of West Ham, everything good the team does goes through Manuel

La Joya (The Jewel) as he is fondly called, Manuel Lanzini has been one of the brightest sparks for the Irons since Slaven Bilic took over.

He is one of the more underrated stars in the league and has been the creative force and midfield lynchpin since Dimitri Payet went walkabout last season. His close control, playmaking abilities, work rate and knack for goals have made him a firm favourite with the West Ham fans.

In just 63 games, he has garnered a respectable tally of 14 goals and 4 assists.

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Omene Osuya
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Well, I love football (a look at my body of work tells a better story). However, I also love other sports and from time to time, pen articles concerning basketball, tennis, boxing, and e-sports. I follow these sports as much as I can, this explains why I write on a lot of different topics ranging from analysis and tactics to transfers and a whole lot more (reviews, previews and everything in between). Real Madrid is the team closest to my heart (same goes for Rafa Nadal, Raul Gonzalez, Mike Tyson, Mortal Kombat and the San Antonio Spurs).
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