West Ham United attacker Jesse Lingard has praised Declan Rice and Michail Antonio for being “easy to play with”.
The Hammers signed the Manchester United ace and England international on loan last week.
Lingard made an instant impact on his debut in claret and blue, netting twice en route to a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old was only making his first league appearance of the season, so he would’ve been forgiven had he looked rusty.
That wasn’t the case at all, with Lingard shining from the off as he bagged a brace and looked impressive throughout the game.
And speaking after the victory, he singled Rice and Antonio – two players he knows well from England duty – for praise.
“Three points is the most important thing, the team worked hard as a collective and we think about the next one against Fulham,” he told BT Sport, via Goal.com.
“The team have been great with me, I have settled in fairly quickly and some familiar faces help.
“In training we have that connection and built it up fairly quickly. On matchday it is fairly easy to play with Michail Antonio and Declan Rice.
“I started tonight, scored two goals and got three points. I was smiling before the game and during, I just enjoy playing football.”
“It has been a long time, I have come here to get game time and scored two goals but like I said, three points is the most important.”
Lingard played alongside Rice for England and trained alongside both the Hammer of the Year and his £70,000-a-week teammate at St George’s Park.
Lingard is very much the man of the moment following his superb debut for West Ham, in which he showed just what he’s capable of doing when entrusted with game time.
The Hammers are flying high in the league and Lingard’s arrival, followed by his impressive showing against Villa, really bodes well for the remainder of the campaign.