West Ham United legend Tony Cottee has waxed lyrical about Jesse Lingard following his heroics for David Moyes’ side this year.
The Manchester United loanee has been sensational for the Hammers, helping them record their 15th league win of the season on Monday night.
Lingard played a part in all three goals as West Ham ran out 3-2 winners over Wolves at Molineux to move the east Londoners up to fourth in the table.
The 28-year-old struggled for game time at Old Trafford earlier this season and he’s had his fair share of doubters over the years, but he’s certainly answered his critics in style.
“There was always a fantastic player there,” Cottee told Sky Sports.
“When the club signed him on loan, we all hoped they were signing the Manchester United player of three or four years ago.
“It was just a case of whether West Ham could get the best out of him. He’s been absolutely fantastic and has been given licence from the manager to go out and show his talents.
“A few years ago he was playing in a World Cup semi-final so that’s how good a player he’s been.
“The other players look up him as he’s gone into that dressing room and I feel the others have seen how good a player they have got on their hands. He’s gone and proved that to the players.
“He’s gone back into the England squad and he’s going to be vital if West Ham have any chance of getting into the Champions League.”
Lingard’s loan stint at West Ham could hardly have gone any better, with six goals and four assists from just eight appearances and a return to the England fold.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the summer – the Hammers will no doubt look to pull out all the stops to sign him, but the Red Devils surely won’t want to let him go given what he could offer them next season.