Garth Crooks raved about West Ham United forward Jesse Lingard for his performance in Saturday’s goalless draw against Fulham, naming him in his BBC Sport Team of the Week.
Lingard scored twice on his debut against Aston Villa in midweek and followed that up with another strong showing at Craven Cottage.
He has been utilised in the No.10 role by David Moyes and he’ll hope to revive his career at the London Stadium.
The man with 24 England caps fell way down the pecking order at Manchester United and he’ll relish the chance to play regularly.
Crooks was desperately impressed with the forward at the weekend and raved about his performance in his Team of the Week piece.
He said: “What a statement of intent West Ham’s loan signing from Manchester United had made. His goals against Aston Villa were well taken but his performance was quite revealing.
“He may be surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, but given how little first-team football he has played this season, Lingard has certainly kept himself in good shape.
“His performance against Fulham was a further indication of his focus. To have such an influence on a new team so soon says volumes for the lad and flies in the face of his critics.”
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The versatile forward has gone to a decent club in West Ham and one who have aspirations of playing in Europe next season.
Very few would have predicted the fantastic start which he has had with the Hammers and supporters will hope he can keep it up.
Lingard’s future looks bleak at Old Trafford and the £75,000-a-week star will be keen to prove Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wrong to let him leave.
He scored 33 goals and registered 20 assists during his time at United but must now look to the future.
The man who has scored four England goals has made a positive start to life at the London Stadium and supporters will hope it continues.