Ian Wright told Premier League Productions during their live coverage of West Ham’s 2-0 win against Leeds that Jesse Lingard was ‘devastating’ on Monday night.
The former striker also felt that with Lingard’s qualities on the ball in the final third, he was a ‘problem’ and a ‘danger’ for Leeds yesterday.
That was apparent when the Manchester United loanee won the Hammers a penalty early in the first half when his flowing run resulted in Luke Ayling bringing him down in the area.
It wasn’t Declan Rice, but the 2018 World Cup semi-finalist who took the penalty, and whilst his spot-kick was saved, he did ensure that he didn’t miss the rebound.
Premier League legend Wright lauded Lingard for how he has settled into life in London and his performance last night.
“Very impressed with the way Jesse has taken his loan spell,” said Wright. “It was something that people were almost writing him off because he couldn’t get into the matchday squad.
“For him to show the fitness he has shown for all the time he hasn’t played. You have to say he has done very well to get himself in a West Ham side and play like he’s playing.
“It was a poor penalty if I am going to be totally honest with you – (but) his play leading up to the penalty was brilliant play. When he gets on the ball in the final third then he is quite devastating.
“His touch, pace, progressing the ball and skill. He is a problem. He is a danger.”
Gareth Southgate is surely watching and thinking about bringing Lingard back into the fold because this isn’t a one-off from but weeks and weeks of top performances.
Added with that, he is proven on the international stage, so he has an edge over others.
Plus, from a fitness perspective, he has shown that he is in pretty good shape even though he hasn’t played for a long period of time.
Either way, a number of big names are set to miss out when Southgate names his squad for the forthcoming internationals.