Lingard impressed by Mark Noble's warmness during West Ham loan
Jesse Lingard felt very much at home during his loan spell at West Ham, crediting Mark Noble for the warmness.
The England international attacker, 28, bagged nine goals and weighed in with four goals in 16 Premier League games at the London Stadium, and he got his Three Lions career back on track as a result.
Lingard enjoyed his stint with the Hammers, and he has revealed how a training session made the skipper, 34, continuously bantered him.
The Manchester United ace told The Players Tribune: “Then there’s Mark Noble. Let me tell you about Nobes. He’s got banter, or at least he thinks he does.
“He had it in for me from the time the gaffer called me Golden Boy in training.
“We were doing boxes and the ball went out. I touched it last, but David Moyes was like, “No, no, no, Jesse doesn’t have to go in the middle. He’s our Golden Boy!”
“After that Nobes was after me! Seriously though, he took me under his wing and explained to me what West Ham is all about.”
Noble is in his last season as a professional after 18 years with the Hammers, and while he has not played as much as he would have loved to in the last 10 months, that has not stopped him from being influential.
The veteran midfielder played a huge role in helping Lingard settle down after his arrival in January, and he surely is playing a similar role with West Ham’s summer arrivals.
Having such a figure in the dressing room is huge, and Moyes will be keen to have him become a part of his backroom staff after he retires.
Lingard has Noble as one of those to thank for how things went at West Ham, and should he decide to ever return, he knows the friendly environment will help him the ground running again.
Having struggled to break into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI upon returning to Man Utd in the summer, the attacker could consider his future if things have not changed by January, and Noble and others will be waiting to welcome him back with open arms if he opts for a second stint.
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