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 loan star Jesse Lingard made his first England appearance since 2019 on Thursday night as the Three Lions won 5-0 against San Marino.
It was, as expected, a straightforward win for Gareth Southgate’s side and although it was against a nation with a similar population to Morecombe, 28-year-old Lingard managed to stand out as England’s best player.
Lingard was named the player of the match after the World Cup qualifier victory with the Hammers attacker taking to Twitter after the match to thank those who voted for him.
— Jesse Lingard (@JesseLingard) March 26, 2021
We also asked our panel of West Ham Super Fans for their thoughts on Lingard’s performance.
While it against San Marino, it’s further cemented the desire for David Moyes to sign the player from Manchester United in the summer with a couple of them calling it a “no-brainer”.
Here is what they had to say:
Annette Smith (@Annette46557317)
James Houlden (@JamesHoulden98)
Mark Smith (@ironworks68)
Andrew Bushell (@Andy_Bushy67)
Stuart Ling (@Stuthehammer76)
Lena Starr (@LenaWHU)
Whether West Ham will sign Lingard is bound to be one of the stories of the summer transfer window.
He’s done so well at the London Stadium since January, scoring five goals and supplying three assists in seven appearances.
When England beat San Marino on Thursday, Lingard made three key passes, had one assist, completed 94 per cent of passes and had 10 shots at goal with half of them hitting the target [WhoScored].
Despite conceding five goals, San Marino’s goalkeeper made some good saves to keep the score down and on another day, Lingard could have had one or two goals to add to his assist.
It was a stunning performance but we’re not overly excited by what he can do against FIFA’s lowest-ranked nation.
However, we are totally blown away by what he’s done against teams like Aston Villa, Arsenal, Tottenham and Leeds.
If David Sullivan and David Gold can sign just one player this summer, it must be Lingard.
In other West Ham news, Lingard has also been nominated for two Premier League awards.