'He is flourishing': Ex-England defender raves over 'invigorating' West Ham star

Brian Heffernan April 10, 2021
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Micah Richards has named on-loan West Ham star Jesse Lingard his man of the week after his recent performances for the Hammers, when writing for the Daily Mail.

Since joining West Ham on loan from Manchester United, Jesse Lingard has been in amazing form in the Premier League.

The attacking-midfielder has only played eight matches in the league this season, but has managed to score a whopping six goals.

Lingard also has three league assists to his name, which is probably helped by the Hammers attacking style of play.

According to Whoscored ratings, Lingard is currently the highest-performing player in the Irons’ squad – with a rating of 7.52 out of 10.

Just beating his teammate Tomas Soucek, with the Czech international currently averaging a rating of 7.34 out of 10 in the Premier League.

Micah Richards on Lingard

When writing for the Daily Mail, Richards named the West Ham star as his man of the week.

The former England defender praised Lingard’s recent form and suggested the 28-year-old could also play for England:

 

“What people rarely take into account is the human aspect of players that can shape the way they are performing.

“Jesse Lingard is a perfect example of this.

“When his fortunes were low in Manchester, his form suffered with United but the switch to West Ham has been invigorating. 

“He is flourishing in an attacking team and, say it quietly, he could end up playing at the Euros.”

Lingard seemingly couldn’t do much more to impress Gareth Southgate, with nearly a goal each league match – the 28-year-old is clearly trying to impress while on loan.

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The Hammers’ next challenge

West Ham have a huge match against Leicester City on Sunday, with both sides hoping to end the season within the top-four places.

The last time the two sides met it was a 3-0 win in favour of David Moyes’ side.

Leicester currently sits in third place, just four points above the Hammers.

Meaning, should the Irons beat the Foxes on Sunday, they will start to put real pressure on the top-three spots and put themselves in a great position for European football next season.

Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.