'Top of his game': BBC pundit blown away by West Ham man's 'barnstorming' display vs Wolves

Brian Heffernan April 6, 2021
'Top of his game': BBC pundit blown away by West Ham man's 'barnstorming' display vs Wolves
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Jesse Lingard once again stole the show for West Ham with Garth Crooks rewarding the Englishman with a spot in his team of the week, writing for BBC Sport.

It didn’t take Lingard long to open the scoring for West Ham, just six minutes. And the 28-year-old wasn’t done there, Lingard also had a hand in another two goals for the Hammers.

The Manchester United loanee helped the Hammers build a 3-0 lead heading into half-time.

There would have been a few nervous moments for David Moyes after his Hammers conceded two goals in the second half.

However, the Irons managed to hold on and walked away with all three points in a 3-2 victory.

Crooks: ‘On top of his game again’

Crooks was impressed by Lingard’s display and feels the Manchester United loanee would be better off staying in London.

Crooks said: “What a first-half performance by Jesse Lingard.

“(He) had a barnstorming 45 minutes against Wolves at Molineux.

“Back in the England squad, Lingard looks on top of his game again having scored the Hammers’ opening goal, set up their second and also (his skills leading to) the third.

“Manchester United must be watching and wondering what to do about Lingard’s long-term future at Old Trafford.

“If I were Lingard, I would tell them his future was at United – West Ham United.”

Lingard finished the match with a WhoScored rating of 7.8 out of 10.

That seems a little low considering the 28-year-old got an important goal and assist against Wolves.


Should Lingard break up the band?

The Manchester United loanee has been trusted with plenty of opportunities since joining the Hammers, which must make staying in London attractive.

If Lingard was to join West Ham permanently, it’s tough to see the midfielder missing a match when fit. Whereas, even after his great loan spell at the Irons, returning to United would likely see him back to fighting for his place.

After scoring six goals and assisting three times in eight Premier League outings, surely the Hammers will try everything to keep him at the club?

It will probably come down to Lingard’s personal goals – but it’s hard to see him getting this level of love at United.

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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.