It has been nothing short of an excellent start to life at West Ham United for Jesse Lingard. The midfielder on loan from Manchester United has scored eight times and recorded three assists in his first nine games for the East London outfit, a major contrast from the form that the Englishman was in for his boyhood club before he was sent on loan to the capital club.
Lingard last scored for Manchester United in a 2-1 win over LASK in last season’s Round of 16 stage of the UEFA Europa League, but hardly featured under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season – making only three appearances before making the loan switch in the winter transfer window.
In an incredible twist of fate, Lingard scored twice on his debut for the Hammers and went on to score more important goals against Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – the most recent of his West Ham strikes were two goals in their latest 3-2 win over Leicester.
Lingard’s form has brought him back into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the England national team set up, and looks to be a nailed-on feature in the squad for the upcoming European championships.
His heroics has also helped West Ham carry on their rich vein of form in the Premier League, as the club currently sit fourth on the table – two points clear of their city rivals Chelsea at fifth. Lingard’s incredible form has quickly turned him into a fan favourite at the London Stadium, as the Hammers faithful want him to extend his stay at the club.
Not only have the fans enjoyed Lingard’s start to life at West Ham, but the midfielder is loving life in the capital himself – demonstrated best by his elaborately planned celebrations on the pitch after scoring – as well as a recent clip that surfaced on social media that has got fans asking him to participate on Strictly Come Dancing.
In the clipping captured in the West Ham dressing room, Lingard is seen to be dancing to a Michael Jackson tune – and nailing his moves much like the way he has nailed most of the chances that have fallen his way in a West Ham shirt.
West Ham fans will love nothing more than the loan deal to be made permanent, and one feels that it is what Lingard wants too – continuing with the incredible revival of his career.