David Moyes told the Newham Recorder that he could easily deploy Jesse Lingard in virtually any position across the West Ham forward line.
Lingard completed his love move from Manchester United last Saturday in an attempt to reignite a career that has gone cold of late.
He has only made three appearances so far this season but could be in place to make his Hammers debut against Aston Villa later today.
Moyes wanted to make it clear that he was aiming to use Lingard in all manner of roles because of his versatility.
“Jesse can play from the left, from the right or play as a 10,” he explained, quoted by the Newham Recorder.
“He played for England as a midfield player at times as an eight.
“I think if I had to, I could play him as a false nine if I needed, the way Manchester City have played quiet often with no centre forward.
“There’s been very little business done in terms of centre forwards, because of covid and because of availability, so I think Jesse can do all those jobs if required.”
Gareth Southgate depended on Lingard during England’s epic run to the World Cup semi-finals but has not recalled the Hammers loanee since 2019.
It’s safe to say Lingard has failed to ride the wave of that summer in Russia since. He has been battling off field issues alongside his decline on the pitch.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did play him 40 times in 2019/20 but has used Lingard far more sparingly this term as he aims to mould United’s new attacking unit.
West Ham no longer have a recognised striker in their ranks following the departure of club record signing Sebastian Haller last month.
Michail Antonio has often acted as the front man to excellent effect and Moyes will hope Lingard can have a similar impact.
This might be a big ask for a man who has only scored 45 senior goals and hasn’t bagged since the final day of last season.
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