"After the lockdown, I was among the most prepared in the team, and again I didn't get a chance," he complained in an interview with the Daily Mail before the match with Sheffield. He added we paraphrase, "hard days are coming in the life of every football player, but I will not leave without a fight"
And then he switched from words to deeds on the field and once again showed that although he may not be the caliber of a player who will return Manchester United to the throne, he is a man who makes a difference in the Premier League.
Jesse Lingard was again one of the best players in West Ham's team and led the Hammers to a 3-0 victory over Sheffield and a breakthrough to fourth place in the table. Now Liverpool is looking back at West Ham. While Manchester United fans are watching, did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer make a mistake about Lingard? In the first part of the season, not a minute in the Premier League or the Champions League.
In London, a completely different picture of a 28-year-old football player. On his debut in the West Ham jersey, he led the team with two goals to the victory over Aston Villa (3: 1), against Sheffield he was once again one of the decision players after he escaped the guards in the 39th minute and forced a foul for Chris Basham's penalty.
West Ham wants to play in the Champions League
That he found a fire in himself again - and he spoke about that in the mentioned interview - was also evident from the fact that he wanted to take the ball to Declan Rice and try to score a penalty.
And he showed that he is a team player when, after the captain of Hammers turned the penalty into a 1-0 lead, he was the first to fly into his arms. He may only be there until the summer because he only arrived on loan to pick up as many minutes as possible, but Lingard is tense to show that he is not just another wasted and overblown talent in his already mature playing years.
And if he continues like this, maybe West Ham will play in the Champions League next year, because with these three new points - Isa Diop confirmed them in the continuation, and then Ryan Fredericks deep in the compensation - they even skipped Liverpool in the fourth place on the table, at least until Chelsea play tonight's duel with Newcastle.
In 2021, the Hammers suffered the only defeat from the Reds, but considering the six victories in eight rounds, they can rightly hope for a result that would be a first-class surprise, since no one saw them so high before the start of the season.