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Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard reveals how West Ham’s no-phone policy changed his career

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard reveals how West Ham's no-phone policy changed his career

Lingard’s rugged 2020-21 campaign

Jesse Lingard endured a highly mixed 2020-21 campaign. Coming into the season at parent club Manchester United, he failed to come off the bench under Ole Gunnar Solskjear and as a result sought an exit in January.

This move came in the form of a loan deal reached with West Ham in the dying embers of the January transfer window, which saw him meet former Red Devil boss David Moyes in East London.

The then 28-year-old went on to have a stellar second half of the season, scoring nine times and assisting five more in 16 appearances for the Irons, propelling them to an unlikely spot in the Europa League, where they are reaping the rewards. . for this campaign.

However, his return to Manchester United has been much the same as before, with Lingard so far managing just 45 minutes of action this season, although he has scored twice in that time, including what turned out to be the winner against West Ham.

Lingard reveals how West Ham helped his mental health

Today in the Players’ standLingard has highlighted how important his transfer to West Ham was to his own mental health. Of course, for his career it was great, as he was able to play more, but it had much more far-reaching benefits.

The England midfielder revealed that by the time of the first lockdown in March 2020, his mental health had plummeted, saying:

“He had almost written me off.”

While playing soccer certainly helped his mental health, Lingard revealed that West Ham’s no-phone policy had a dramatic effect on him as well. Since he was spiraling down before, he recalled that:

“In my personal life, I buried myself in my phone. Face glued to screens. You could get a hmm from me in conversation, but I wasn’t really listening. He was suppressing everything. All these emotions and all this stress. “

However, in West Ham he was not allowed to do that, and Lingard revealed that he learned that at an early stage:

I remember one of my first road games, I was sitting in the back of his car on the way to the airport. It was just him, Aaron Cresswell, and me.

Immediately, I was on my phone. Simply automatic, just like you. But he had none of that. He turned to me and said, “Wow, no phones allowed here! Talk later.”

I was like, “Okay … okay.”

On the plane, I would normally put on my headphones and listen to music, but Nobes and the rest of the boys would not tolerate it.

It was like that everywhere in West Ham, proper conversations about everything. No phones, no social media. No more mm-hmm. If we were dining in a hotel, we would stay there for years just talking. It helped us come together as a team, and personally, it helped me a lot.

While both the media and fans are quick to choose a player’s ability on the field, we often forget the potential consequences of doing so on a player’s mental health. Take away the glitz, the glamor, and the money, and they’re still human.

You can read Lingard’s full work here

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