Jesse Lingard has reflected on his immediate impact at West Ham and admitted there was one element of his game he struggled with at Manchester United.
Lingard left Old Trafford on loan in January after failing to feature at all in the Premier League in the first part of the season.
He has instantly got back to his best since joining West Ham on a temporary deal. Lingard scored a brace on his debut and currently has three goals from four games to his name.
His latest goal helped propel West Ham into the top four in the table. It seems the move could be beneficial for all parties.
Should Lingard’s impressive form continue, then West Ham may begin to think about a permanent signing.
There was no option to buy in his contract when they signed him on loan. However, they could try to tempt Man Utd into a sale.
Those plans, however, could yet be derailed with a Premier League rival also said to be keen on his signing.
Now Lingard has been reflecting on his efforts so far for the Hammers. And the 28-year-old admits he seems to have added consistency to his game – something he struggled with when given a chance at United.
“I’m obviously really enjoying my football and I’ve settled in really well and the lads have taken to me really well,” he told West Ham’s website.
“I’ve come here to play football week-in, week-out and that’s what I’m doing.
“Playing football makes me happy and when we win and play like we did on Sunday [when I scored in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur], nothing can top that.
“It’s about doing it consistently and that’s maybe where I’ve struggled before, doing it consistently in games.
“But I can feel now I’m coming to an age where I can keep that consistency and focus and concentration coming into games. Playing games week-in, week-out which I haven’t been used to.”
Solskjaer not closing door on Lingard
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, seems reluctant to confine Lingard to a permanent exit.
Indeed, the Norwegian has challenged the player to prove himself worthy of another chance at Old Trafford.
He said last month: “We want Jesse to come back here revitalised and having shown at West Ham how good a player he is.
“He’s just been unfortunate with a couple of issues. Some periods he had to stay away from us with COVID, isolation and close contact.
“[The] rest of the team has done well, little to no injuries, not forced his way into the team, come back and show he’s a Manchester United player through and through.”