The renaissance of Jesse Lingard: From being the epicenter of the biggest jokes to the most fit player in the Premier League – he is today liked by top European clubs


Jesse Lingard started him at Manchester United’s youth academy when he was just seven years old, but he had to be loaned out to clubs in Leicester, Birmingham, Brighton and Derby before making his name in the Red Devils under Louis van Gaal.

In his first season for Manchester United, he scored seven goals and assisted four times.

In the 2015/16 season he scored 13 goals and assisted seven, making him also receive an invitation from England.

But if there was one thing Lingard had since the beginning of his career, it was hatred; the player was unfortunately targeted on social media and became the face of many ‘memes’ towards him.

A Liverpool fan even bet Lingard would close out the entire 2019/20 season without scoring or assisting; but the fan lost, as Lingard scored in the final match and that in the 98th minute of the match.

Causes with it grew, with Lingard playing just 179 minutes for Manchester United in the first half of the current edition before going on loan in the January transfer window.

The 28-year-old made the move to West Ham to see if he could take a minute and return to the England squad.

“I’m excited, I just want to enjoy my football, play again and get back on the pitch,” Lingard said after his move to West Ham.

He started the adventure with the Hammers in great form, scoring two goals in a 3-1 win over Aston Villas, and since then he has not only become the best acquisition in the Premier League in the January term, but is also a candidate to win the “Player of the Year” trophy.

No one has scored more goals than Lingard since his West Ham debut, a total of eight. He has also made three assists for the London club since his arrival, where in terms of statistics only Luke Shaw, Lucas Moura, Michail Antonio and Bruno Fernandes are better than him.

In this period, Lingard is also the Premier League player with the most shots on goal (17), along with Harry Kane, and he with the best goal-scoring conversion ratio (30.77 percent), together with Kelechi Iheanacho (33.33 percent).

These numbers justify West Ham fourth place, which could potentially make them qualify for the Champions League for the first time in their history.

Now the memes are in Lingard’s favor, while the invitation from England also came last month where he played in three games.

“He could play in any big team because he is very intelligent. “People can judge him for stunts on social media, but if someone knows about football and analyzes, they will tell you that he has talent,” said Rio Ferdinand.

According to ESPN, Real Madrid, PSG and Inter are monitoring Lingard’s situation and the possibility of his transfer in the summer.

It would be an incredible turning point in Lingard’s career, given that top European clubs are interested in his services. / Telegraphy /

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