Manchester United loanee Jesse Lingard scored a dazzling solo goal for West Ham this week.
Lingard ran from his own half with the ball before scoring, to help his team to a 3-2 victory over Wolves.
It now emerges his goal set a Premier League record for the season.
Statisticians Opta report Lingard carried the ball further before scoring than any player has done in the top flight this season.
Jesse’s fresh start
Lingard’s goal was his sixth in eight games on loan at West Ham.
He looks like a player reborn and you won’t find many Manchester United fans who begrudge his success.
West Ham are reportedly desperate to sign him, Sky Sports report, even though his impressive performances will be pushing his price tag up.
Lingard has more goal involvements than any player in the Premier League (9) since his move to West Ham went through.
He has the Hammers in fourth place, above United’s rivals Liverpool, and Chelsea and Tottenham, with eight games to go.
While Gary Neville speculated via Sky Sports that United could decide they want Lingard back, there will never be a better chance to cash in on the 28-year-old.
Lingard is back in the England squad too, which could further drive up his price tag.
If United were to ask for more than £30 million it would probably be too greedy, but in a world where we are constantly being asked for ridiculous sums, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Ed Woodward take some pleasure in being on the other side of negotiations for a change.
The danger would be United being too clever, and pricing West Ham out of a move, missing out on a chance to cash in on Lingard and boosting our own transfer kitty, while managing to annoy the player in the process.
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