Jesse Lingard reveal the main reason why he chose to move to West Ham from Manchester United
A host of clubs were interested in Jesse Lingard’s signature in January but the Manchester United man owed David Moyes a favour after his spell as Manchester United manager.
Jesse Lingard has revealed the key role that David Moyes played in bringing the 28-year-old from Manchester United to West Ham in January.
The loan move has gone way beyond anyone’s expectations, except for maybe Lingard himself. following his blistering start to life in east London.
Eight goals and three assists in nine matches have seen Lingard return to the England fold ahead of this summer’s European Championships and lead the league for goal involvements since his arrival at the London Stadium.
Even his manager has been surprised by the regularity of his goal-scoring: “I didn’t expect Jesse to probably get as many goals so I am really thrilled with the amount of goals he is getting at the moment and long may it continue,” said Moyes.
Lingard has put his form down to staying fit and keeping positive throughout his tough times at Old Trafford.
“It’s about being positive in any outcome but still working hard and believing in yourself, that was the main thing, having that belief to get back to where I was a few years ago.
Lingard was unable to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans and before his move to West Ham had not started a league game for over a year. The attacking midfielder spoke about the frustrations at not being selected.
“You work so hard and you want to play and then you don’t end up playing, you just have to keep a strong mindset and in good physical and mental shape and be ready when called upon and as soon as the loan was done I was ready to play,” he said.
Adding: “I was always ready to play no matter what.”
Lingard proved this by joining the Hammers and scoring a brace on his debut for the club against Aston Villa, the start of what has been a fantastic few months for the England international.
“They have been brilliant, all I wanted to do was play football and it has been great. It has been an emotional rollercoaster but to finally be here and playing and doing so well is an amazing feeling and it is down to pure hard work, focus, and dedication to be the best I can be,” he said.
West Ham were one of just a number of options the Manchester United man had in January, Newcastle United and Sheffield United were both keen on the player as were a number of other clubs but the Hammers won the race to sign him.
And Lingard has revealed that it was due to a decision Moyes took in 2013 that led the 28-year-old to West Ham.
“He [Moyes] has been really good, I knew him from my time at Man United and we had a conversation back then, me and my family with him about letting me go on loan to Birmingham [City] and obviously he let me go on loan there.
“West Ham was one of the later clubs to come in to get me on loan on deadline day and it was only right to repay the favour by coming and helping out here.
“Even when I came we had a couple of words and he said ‘nothing is a given, nothing is guaranteed, you have to work hard to get in the team’ and as soon as he said that it only drove me to work harder and made me hungrier to play. And when I did get my chance I was over the moon and full of smiles. It had been a long time and to get back on the grass playing football was amazing.”
West Ham’s No.11 is clearly full of respect for Moyes and enjoying his time at the club but there is one thing he is not such a big fan of is the ‘Lionel Jesse’ or ‘Messi Lingard’ nicknames he has acquired, saying that he’d rather just be known by his own name.
Although Lingard did say one name Declan Rice came up with was acceptable.
“We’ll stick to Jesse but I saw Dec put something on Instagram about Lingardinho, that’ll do me!”