Lanzini on Wednesday joined West Ham on a season-long loan deal from UAE side Al-Jazira, becoming the Hammers’ seventh signing of the summer.
The east London club have the option to make Lanzini’s move permanent should be impress at the Boleyn Ground, and Bilic is confident he will do exactly that.
“He’s a good player, he’s young and it’s good that we have got him on loan with an option (to sign),’ Bilic said.
“At the age of 20, he was given the No 10 jersey at River Plate who, with Boca Juniors, are a massive club of course.
“I watched him two years ago and I wanted to take him to Besiktas, but it was difficult. Now, the chance has come to get him, he’s going to help us a lot as he will add even more creativity in the crucial parts of the pitch.
“There are deep playmakers like [Andrea] Pirlo or [Luka] Modric or you have playmakers between the lines up front like Silva. He’s more like him but he can play in all positions behind the strikers.”
Perceived wisdom is that South Americans can take time to settle in England and the Premier League, but Bilic does not believe Lanzini represents a risk in that respect.
“I am confident, and I am hopeful, I don’t know but we will see,” Bilic added.
“I don’t agree with that statement, you will always find Croatians who won’t adapt, or New Zealanders. To be fair, Argentinians are pretty much European, a lot of them adapt. As I said, I hope he will.
“He’s not very strong, but he rides the challenges and doesn’t go down – so I hope he could be big for us.
“We’ve got him on loan, which is still a transfer but not as risky. I have a feeling that he will help us a lot.”