Jermaine Jenas has told Match of the Day that Jesse Lingard’s form for West Ham United has been incredible, and suggested that he was a thorn in Manchester City’s side in Saturday’s loss.
David Moyes’s men were unable to halt City’s sensational winning run. But they came agonisingly close to taking something from their trip to the Etihad Stadium.
Michail Antonio had initially equalised during the first-half. And Issa Diop put a fantastic opportunity wide in the final moments of the game.
Both of the chances came from Lingard. The Manchester United loanee’s shot was converted by Antonio from close range. But his cross for Diop was a wonderful piece of quality from the attacking midfielder.
And Jenas suggested that the 28-year-old’s performance was symbolic of the impact he has made since moving to the London Stadium.
“The way he’s hit the ground running is incredible really,” he told Match of the Day. “The goals he’s scored, the assists he’s getting as well. I think today, in particular, he was a real thorn in City’s side.
“The running power that he had, always wanting to get in behind. Everything good that West Ham did came through Jesse Lingard today.”
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Lingard – who earns £100,000-a-week, according to The Times – has scored three goals in his first five appearances for the club. Meanwhile, Saturday saw him contribute his first assist.
They have been important goals, too. His brace proved to be the difference in the 3-1 win at Aston Villa on his debut. And his strike against Tottenham last weekend also turned out to be the winner.
It is remarkable to see how quickly Lingard appears to have rediscovered something like his best form.
Unfortunately, he was unable to celebrate his side taking a share of the points against City. But West Ham still look to have every chance of enjoying an amazing season.