Speaking on his podcast, Glenn Hoddle has lavished praise upon Jesse Lingard for the marked improvement he’s made since joining West Ham in January.
Lingard certainly seems to be the flavour of the month at the moment, and it doesn’t take a genius to understand why.
The midfielder has been lighting up the Premier League lately, scoring goal after goal for the Hammers, and after yet another strike at the weekend against Arsenal, Hoddle waxed-lyrical about him.
“I think Lingard is one that’s really come on. He scored a really good goal again, and he’s playing exceedingly well. West Ham, you saw them come out of the game against United because he couldn’t play, because he’s on loan from there, and West Ham weren’t the same team without him, and he’s earned every part of the call-up that Gareth’s given him,” Hoddle said.
It’s hard to argue with anything that Hoddle is saying here.
Lingard is back to his best, and when he was at his best he was one of the first names on the England teamsheet.
Gareth Southgate absolutely loved him back in 2018, and now that he’s rediscovered that sort of form, he’s back in the reckoning to go to the Euros.
We couldn’t tell you where Lingard has found this spark from, but he’s been an absolute joy to watch and he looks a completely different player to the one we saw at Manchester United last season.