A fresh perspective will be offered on Saturday on the possibility of Jesse Lingard sealing a return to West Ham United in the coming weeks.
Attacking midfielder Lingard, of course, moved to London during the winter window earlier this year.
After a lousy opening half of the campaign, during which he failed to land a single Premier League appearance, Lingard was loaned out by Manchester United to his top-notch rivals West Ham.
And to say that the 28-year-old subsequently impressed would be an understatement.
Having been given the freedom to operate from West Ham’s midfield, Lingard quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s most prominent players during the second half of the season.
In all, the English international had nine goals and four assists in 16 appearances for the Hammers.
In fact, Lingard’s form proved so impressive that, in May, he clinched a Premier League Player and Goal of the Month double:
Jesse Lingard’s wonderful solo goal against Wolves is April’s Premier League goal of the month 🏆pic.twitter.com/sWO8iCogt3
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 14, 2021
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In turn, it has since come as little surprise to see widespread speculation suggest that West Ham would be willing to make its star loan signing permanent this summer, if given the chance.
Initially, all signs seemed to point to such a move coming true, with Lingard, despite his stellar efforts in the capital last time, still a little further from displacing Bruno Fernandes in Ole Gunnar’s first-choice XI. Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
However, this was only until Solskjaer himself was drawn to Lingard’s place in his plans on the back of an impressive display at a preseason meeting with Derby County last month.
‘What he did towards the end of last season, that’s the real Jesse’, the norwegian explained.
“That’s what we know he’s capable of and I think we saw towards the end that we were lacking a few options at times and Jesse is in the plans right now, yeah.”
However, as described above, if the last word coming from the media this weekend is something to go through, then it looks like there could be another twist in Lingard’s story.
As reported by highly trusted employee EXWHUemployee, and since being pushed by Manchester United fan account utdreport on Twitter, the Red Devils star is starting to look “much more open” to the prospect of a return to the London stadium. .
Not only that, but it is also suggested that an offer from West Ham in turn is expected to be submitted in the coming days:
Jesse Lingard is now much more open to returning to West Ham. The people of Lingard are said to be making their feelings known. West Ham is expected to launch an offer in the next few days. #mulive [@ExWHUemployee]
– utdreport (@utdreport) August 14, 2021
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