Just before the January transfer window closed, former Manchester United star Jesse Lingard secured a move to West Ham United for the remainder of the season.
Given the lack of minutes the Englishman got at Old Trafford, it seemed like the best move for his career.
He looked absolutely spectacular in Lingard’s first game against the Hammers on Wednesday and scored a brace in the 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
Given that Lingard only made three appearances this season before his debut, it was impressive how sharp and fit he looked.
Once one of United’s most promising talents, Lingard had his best season with the club in 2017-18, scoring eight goals and making five assists in 33 games.
With various problems off the field and the struggle to find his previous form, it’s been a whirlwind for Lingard ever since.
He was also a key part of the English squad at the 2018 World Cup, making five appearances throughout the tournament.
However, Lingard is no longer on Gareth Southgate’s side since his bad form. But this move to West Ham could really pay off for the 28-year-old as he looks to resurrect his career and get back to the Three Lions.
Even Hammer’s boss David Moyes praised Lingard’s performance, making it clear that it is only a matter of time before he is back in his country if he can play at this level.
If you didn’t know the former United star didn’t play a minute of Premier League football before making his West Ham debut, you just can’t believe it.
Lingard played for Moyes on the left and was lively and exciting all night. His touches and passes were precise, he was strong on the ball and there was no sign of rust in Lingard’s game.
The winger was quick and smart with his decisions, creating a ton of creative opportunity on the left with Michail Antonio, who also supported both of Lingard’s goals.
He’s also done a brilliant job cutting his dominant right foot inward and collecting several respectable scoring opportunities from outside the box.
This phenomenal display is clearly evidence of the work Lingard has done on the training ground.
People don’t really understand how difficult it is to get into a Premier League game after so long and to dazzle you like that. It is truly remarkable what Lingard did on Wednesday.
He also plays for the perfect coach to get his thoughts right. Moyes faced the same problems when he was in charge of Man United.
Now the Scot can give Lingard an insight into how he found himself again as a manager after a gloomy time in Manchester. This will absolutely help Lingard find its best shape.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it clear when Lingard left for London that he is still a United player and will be a key piece of their future.
Lingard will return to Old Trafford at the end of the season and if he extends his debut with the Hammers, brighter days are sure to be ahead.
It’s always great to see a player who was once such a promising talent regain a foothold. Although it’s just a game, all signs point to Lingard turning his career around.
In doing so, he will have the opportunity to help West Ham finish in the top six this season.