This is part of a regular series from our panel of West Ham Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around the London Stadium.
West Ham continued their emphatic start to 2021 with a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Sheffield United at the London Stadium on Monday night.
Even though David Moyes was without star striker Michail Antonio, the Irons showed they know exactly where the back of the net is as Declan Rice, Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks all got themselves on the scoresheet.
Rice, 22, bagged his first goal of the season in the first half after Jesse Lingard won the first penalty the Irons have been awarded in the Premier League this term.
Lingard, who’s done nothing but impress since his January loan move from Man United to East London, played a major role in the victory and when asking our panel of West Ham Super Fans to name their man of the match versus Sheffield United, he was the overwhelming choice.
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Lingard, 28, now has two goals and an assist in his first three appearances for West Ham, who’ve won seven points out of nine available when he’s started.
According to stats by WhoScored, the Man United loanee completed three dribbles, hit the target with four of his five shots at goal, was fouled twice and was dispossessed just once versus the Blades.
When Lingard was first linked with West Ham last month, we didn’t think that signing him was a necessity due to already having players like Said Benrahma, Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen in the squad.
But it’s fair to say that the England international has been like a breath of fresh air in the squad, adding even more attacking flair and brilliance to a team that was flying before his arrival and has continued to soar after.
Lingard’s been brilliant so far and we hope that his form continues to impress.
In other West Ham news, Frank McAvennie warns Manuel Lanzini could be upset about not being able to join PSG on deadline day.