Speaking to Football Insider, pundit and Sky Sports regular Paul Robinson has been blown away by the loan signing of Jesse Lingard for West Ham United – with the former England international calling it an ‘absolute masterstroke’ by manager David Moyes.
The 28-year-old has been in the form of his life since joining the Hammers in January on a temporary deal from parent club Manchester United.
Scoring eight goals and assisting three others in just nine Premier League starts so far (WhoScored), Lingard has been central to West Ham’s push for an unprecedented European qualifying spot.
Robinson blown away by Lingard ‘masterstroke’
West Ham are within touching distance of possibly finishing in the top four and the previously unthinkable is now a very realistic proposition.
Robinson, speaking to FI, has showered the acquisition of Lingard with praise as a result – even comparing it to Leeds’ signing of Raphinha.
“Wow, it has just been a brilliant loan,” he told Football Insider.
“It is between him and Raphinha for the signing of the season.
“It has been an absolute masterstroke from David Moyes. He obviously knew Lingard well, the kind of character he is and the talent he possesses. Moyes knew he could get the best out of him and it has worked out amazingly well for West Ham. He has been nothing short of a revelation.
“They will struggle to keep hold of him in the summer but I just do not see where he fits in at Manchester United with Bruno Fernandes there.
“It is going to be down to the player but at the end of the day he was frozen out at Manchester United. Moyes has given him a new lease of life at West Ham.”
Transfer Tavern take
Reports have circulated recently over the Irons wanting to secure Lingard with a permanent deal at the London Stadium.
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh even stated that GSB will ‘move heaven and earth’ to make it happen this summer.
If Moyes manages to guide his side to a Champions League spot, signing the English star is an absolute necessity for the club if they hope to maintain their impressive form next season.
One would have to assume that the player himself would be happy to stay as well if top four is secured, given the ‘new lease of life’ he has been handed in East London.
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