West Ham: Jesse Lingard shows David Moyes’ most important quality

Jesse Lingard’s signing in January is a shining example of David Moyes’ excellent decision-making in the transfer market.

Sitting right inside the Champions League spots, it truly is a wonderful time to be a West Ham fan. David Moyes was nominated for his second spell at the club in December 2019 and the Scotsman has certainly marked the spirits since his arrival.

Previously, it was often felt that West Ham lacked a cohesive game plan and usually relied on individual performances to get through the seasons.

Dimitri PayetLondon’s short but talismanic stay at the London Stadium is a prime example of this, as well as Michail Antonio’s steady scoring flurries.

Nonetheless, Moyes appeared to turn this West Ham squad into a much more purposeful and organized team with a clear structure and philosophy.

However, what allowed the new manager to implement this style of play was the type of staff he was able to bring in.

Jarrod Bowen, Thomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson and, more recently, Lingard have all were acquired under the leadership of Moyes.

When it comes to transfers, it looks like West Ham has adopted a new philosophy when it comes to buying players.

Journalist Dharmesh Sheth recently told the Sky Sports Transfer Conversation Podcast that Moyes has a “Huge say” on whom West Ham buys and takes a “More cautious approach than perhaps its predecessors”.

Personalities like Felipe Anderson and Sébastien Haller, who joined the team during Manuel Pellegrini’s time, have signed a combined contract £ 67.5 million and ultimately failed to make his mark at London Stadium. The couple have since left after Moyes arrived.

On the flip side, the five aforementioned signings cost the Hammers only £ 40.68 million, which accurately demonstrates how successful the Scotsman has been in the transfer market.

Although at the time these weren’t the most eye-catching signatures, these five players have appeared in every Premier League game played by West Ham in February.

Lingard is a shining example. Although he hasn’t made a single Premier League appearance for Manchester United in the first half of the season, he was launched after a loan spell in January.

Throughout February, the 28-year-old found the net on thrice and assisted once, providing a goal contribution every 134.5 minutes.

The natural creativity of the loaned player gave West Ham a breath of fresh air and the England 24-cap international has been key to the Hammers’ recent playstyle, providing movement and fluidity on the counterattack.

In fact, Lingard’s February form won a nomination for the November GMS Fan Player of the Month award.

You can vote for him at the bottom of this article or by visiting https://www.footballfancast.com/fan-awards.


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