Speaking recently on The Athletic’s U Irons podcast, Sam Delaney urged West Ham United to make Jesse Lingard’s loan deal a permanent move this summer.
Following his arrival at West Ham on a five-month loan deal back in January, Lingard appears to have taken no time at all to settle into life at the London Stadium, having scored three goals over his four Premier League appearances for the club, as well as averaging a WhoScored match rating of 7.60 – ranking him as the Hammers’ best performer in the top flight.
The £9 million-rated 28-year-old was once again impressive in the club’s recent 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur, in which he successfully completed two dribbles, won two tackles and scored what proved to be the winning goal in the fixture, earning a SofaScore match rating of 7.1 for his display.
And, speaking on a recent episode of the U Irons podcast, Delayed stated his belief that David Moyes’ side should do all they can to make the £75k per week England international’s loan deal a permanent move this summer.
He said: “Whatever United are asking for him is going to be worth it. That sounds mad and there’s obviously going to be a limit, but, if you look in the Premier League at the moment – not just West Ham but the Premier League as a whole – he has got to be in the top three or four performing players right now.
“It’s just fantastic because I think we’ve got more players like that – I think [Michail] Antonio’s like that and I think Tomas Soucek’s like that too. And I hope that [Jarrod] Bowen and [Said] Benrahma will respond to having those kind of players around them – and [Pablo] Fornals – and raise their level. I think it will be good for those lads.”
Should West Ham try to sign Lingard this summer?
TIF Thoughts on Sam Delaney’s comments regarding Jesse Lingard…
Indeed, Lingard’s positive impact within the West Ham squad appears to already be evident, as, alongside the attacking midfielder’s impressive performances, the Hammers remain undefeated over the four games the Manchester United man has been on loan at the club.
And, considering the fact that, prior to his move to West Ham, Lingard had not played a minute of Premier League football this season, as well as West Ham currently sitting in the top-four of the league, in our opinion, it is not difficult to imagine a situation in which the 28-year-old issues his desire to stay in east London beyond his current deal with the club.