Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard continued his exhilarating West Ham form on Sunday with another two strikes.
The 28-year-old netted twice in the first-half in a 3-2 victory against Leicester City at the London Stadium, taking his record to eight goals and four assists in just nine Premier League appearances for the Hammers.
It is form that has seen the England man labelled as “amazing” by former Red Devils’ defender Rio Ferdinand.
Whilst his current displays are of course benefiting his temporary employers, his great form will only serve to be a positive for Manchester United for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, should West Ham elect to sign Lingard – who is currently rated at £13.5m – on a permanent deal, Ed Woodward could certainly demand as high a fee as possible for him. In just his short time in the capital, Lingard’s transfer rating has already increased by £4.5m.
If he continues finding the net, then that is surely only going to increase even further, supplying United with a useful summer windfall.
On the other hand, if Lingard indeed returns to Old Trafford, the Red Devils should have a hugely confident and in-form player on their hands.
Now having notched more goal contributions than Anthony Martial, Lingard could certainly be a contender for a starting berth at the club should he be retained.
Whilst his form is certainly useful for United looking somewhat into the future, whether Lingard is sold or not, his form currently has great benefits for United in the here and the now.
The 27-cap England international has already had his impact upon Manchester United’s so-called “big six” and current top six rivals. He has netted against Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, whilst also having played a starring role against Leicester.
Helping the Hammers claim points from those aforementioned rivals, Lingard has allowed his parent club to not only secure their place in the top four, but strengthen their grip on second place in the table.
So, whilst Lingard is away from Old Trafford, his form continues to be extremely useful for Manchester United both right now and going forwards.