Former Premier League forward Glenn Murray thinks that West Ham United’s Jesse Lingard will look to stay at the club this summer.
The England international, valued at £13.5m on Transfermarkt, has been in sensational form since he moved to East London in January, scoring five goals and contributing three assists, including an incredible goal against Arsenal at the weekend as they drew 3-3. His form at his new club has even managed to earn him a recall to the England squad for the upcoming international games, everything is going right in Lingard’s world.
And speaking on the BBC 5 Live Football Daily podcast (33:26), when asked about Lingard’s future, Murray claimed that having been ostracised at Old Trafford, the relationship that he has developed with Moyes has really helped him to flourish and that both sides will want to keep it going:
“Yeah, I mean, he’ll want to continue in the vein of form he’s in, I’m sure Moyes will want him to keep playing there. But I think a lot of this goes down to David Moyes and his belief in his former player, I think all Jesse needed was a little bit of love, and I think going to West Ham you can see that he’s got that.
“He’s been given an arm around his shoulder. I feel as though the manager said “Go and do what I know you’re capable of” and he’s took that on it and he really has done that.”
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Murray raises an interesting point here about the relationship that is developing. By his reckoning, two of the sides want Lingard to stay at West Ham this summer. The only question left is whether the third side, Manchester United, are willing to let him go as well.
Will this recent resurgence in form be enough to convince them to keep him on and be part of the team? Or is now the perfect time to cut ties with him and simply cash in to spend on someone who they think can help them more?