On Friday night, West Ham United announced the loan signing of Jesse Lingard from Manchester United until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old is the second signing for the Hammers in the January transfer window after the club converted Said Benrahma's loan deal into a permanent five-year contract.
Manchester United Downfall
So far this season, Lingard has only featured twice for Man United. A total of 89 minutes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. The attacking midfielder started nine times last season in the Premier League, the lowest amount of starts, personally, since 2014.
Struggling a lot with personal issues involving his family, Lingard has not been able to fully focus on his football. In an interview with Maya Jama and the #SoundOfSupport campaign, the midfielder admitted that he has been struggling with mental health problems himself recently.
Constantly left out of the United side, Solskjaer said he wanted Lingard to come back to Old Trafford 'revitalised'. The Englishmen had his contract extension triggered by United towards the end of 2020, gaining an extra year to his deal.
Why West Ham United?
Jesse Lingard stated that David Moyes was a key factor towards his loan move from United.
Lingard featured for Moyes' side in his first and only pre-season during his short spell at Old Trafford, back in the 2013/14 season. The attacker, 20 years old at the time, was eventually sent out on loan to Birmingham City in the Championship to gain more first-team experience.
The Englishmen also attracted small interest from fellow Premier League sides, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion. As previously worked with Moyes, the new signing knows what the manager can offer to a very in-form Hammers side.
“There were lots of clubs involved but, for me personally, I felt this was the right move. I’ve obviously had a previous relationship with the manager as he was at Man United and I’ve played under him before, so he knows my qualities and what I can bring to the team." Lingard told West Ham TV.
Currently sitting in 5th, West Ham have won six of their last seven games are chasing European football for next season. In all competitions, the Hammers have only lost one game so far in 2021 and have only lost four of their last 20 games - losing to Liverpool most recently on Sunday night.
Taking the No. 11 shirt, previously owned by Robert Snodgrass, Lingard is very happy to sign with the East London Club and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“I’m excited," Lingard stated.
"It’s another new chapter in my life. Nothing is guaranteed but I’ve come here to work hard and help the team and bring my experience.
"I just want to enjoy my football and get back playing again and get my feet back on the pitch.
“I know a couple of the players as well – I know Dec [Rice] very well from the England side – and I feel I can really settle in here quickly.”
“I can’t wait to show [the West Ham fans] what I’ve got in store. I’m excited and I want to help the team push up the table as far as they can."