West Ham United on-loan forward Jesse Lingard has been named in Alan Shearer’s latest Premier League Team of the Week.
The Hammers signed the Manchester United ace on loan in the January transfer window and he’s taken no time in becoming a claret-and-blue fan favourite.
Lingard has made four appearances for West Ham and has already registered three goals and an assist, winning three and drawing one of the games he’s played in.
His debut against Aston Villa saw him bag a brace en route to a 3-1 victory, and following the goalless draw with Fulham, he won a penalty in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
Declan Rice was the designated taker and had the ball ready to step up, but Lingard was eager to take it himself.
The two had an exchange of words before the Irishman converted his spot kick to put West Ham 1-0 up in the first half.
“I didn’t like seeing that,” Shearer told Premier League Productions at the time.
“You don’t need a teammate coming up to you saying ‘I want it’, you’re under pressure anyway.
“I don’t mind in the dressing room he wants the penalties. The decision must be decided before the game.”
West Ham then triumphed in the following game, Sunday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur, and Lingard was in inspired form once again, netting his side’s second.
His efforts saw him named in Shearer’s latest XI, one of four West Ham players alongside Craig Dawson, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
“Scored again,” Shearer wrote on the Premier League website. “Looks set to be a magnificent signing by David Moyes.”
Lingard has been excellent for West Ham since joining, adding flair, speed and skill to the team’s attack.
His confidence is sky high and this showed in his desire to take the penalty against the Blades.
Admittedly it could have put extra pressure on Rice and Moyes will probably have had a quick word with Lingard in the dressing room.
A minor error perhaps but, in the grand scheme of things, inconsequential, and it’s great to see Lingard continuing to impress.