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West Ham’s signing of Jesse Lingard loan makes a lot of sense


Attempts by David Moyes to bolster the West Ham squad for an unlikely tilt to European qualification has led to a continued loan deal for disgraced Manchester United striker Jesse Lingard.

The 28-year-old hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football this season and has just 179 minutes of 2020/21 action under his belt in all competitions. In the three appearances he has made, only two have seen Lingard given significant playing time by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as his appearance at Brighton in the Carabao Cup lasted just nine minutes.

Lingard is, for all intents and purposes, surplus to Old Trafford’s needs, and in desperate need of fresh scenery to revive his stagnant career.

Jesse Lingard
Lingard had a briefing in 2020/21 | James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

His exclusion from United’s plans is perhaps understandable given their extreme recovery in form over the past year. Bruno Fernandes is the club’s shiny new toy that performs week after week and the emergence of Mason Greenwood from the club’s academy, along with the continued development of Marcus Rashford, means there is little room for Lingard to the hostel.

Lingard has likely accepted that his time at United is coming to an end and the relaunch of his career at West Ham – on loan to begin with, and perhaps permanently thereafter – in a constantly improving squad under David Moyes seems to first sight to be a fantastic opportunity.

Not only would he be built into the first-team setup of a successful team, but Lingard would unite with a manager who demanded the highest standards from his players – at all times. Moyes, now in his second year of his second term, has spoken countless times of the need for West Ham to bring in players hungry for success, as well as those willing to work hard individually and for each other. others.

West Ham’s consistency this season owes a lot to the brilliance of signings that match those values. Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal are two shining examples of players who brought new attitude and application to the table, and the Hammers continue to reap the rewards of Jarrod Bowen’s signing at Hull last January.

Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek
Two West Ham Playstyle Success Stories | Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

“So far he has always been the ultimate professional. I’m going to sit down and talk to her again and see if anything happens. I’m happy to have Jesse in and around us. ”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Jesse Lingard

In Michail Antonio and Declan Rice, they have a player who took his game to the next level under Moyes and a player whose stock continues to increase with every game he plays. The development of the two is clear to all, and that should appeal to Lingard as he assesses the possibility of swapping Manchester for London.

It’s not just the development of the player that should impress Lingard, as from a tactical point of view he would be a perfect fit. The Hammers know how to play well in two different systems, operating either with a three-fullback, wingers and three forwards or a 4-2-3-1, deploying a creative midfielder behind Antonio or the recent departure of Sebastien Haller.

Typically, West Ham cedes the lion’s share of possession, but has shown they can be devastating on the counterattack – crashing at high speed along the bridge or in the air, which Lingard excelled at. to do while at Manchester United.

For the most part, West Ham have been successful in the forward areas, but what they’ve been lacking this season is a little bit of pace to accompany Antonio into the central areas. Lingard – capable of playing as a shadow striker as well as his preferred wide right position – has already shown he’s full of running, and not only can he light the burners, he’s widely recognized as a hard worker unusually fierce determined to hunt. the lost causes.

Endurance and persistence are key to working in a team led by Moyes, and although Lingard doesn’t have any type of match training at the moment, the 24-cap England international has rarely struggled to make it through. hurt and shouldn’t take long to level up, even if that means about a month after appearing on the bench.

West Ham would also ideally like another player to take the burden of goals off the shoulders of Antonio, Bowen and Soucek, and while Lingard has never been a prolific goalscorer, he knows where the net is.

Above all, he shows up in big games, as evidenced by his goals in the 2016 FA Cup final and the 2017 Carabao Cup final, among others, and he would be remiss for any career skeptics out there. cancel based on its statistical results. There is so much more to Lingard’s game than goals, why else would he have had more than 200 career appearances by a club the size of United?

Jesse Lingard
Lingard scored the winning goal in the 2016 FA Cup final | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Granted, Lingard would almost certainly need some time to settle in and might not be a regular straight away. But a move to West Ham could not only resurrect a career that’s currently going nowhere, it could be the start of a career reboot under the guidance of a manager looking to get his house in order.

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