JESSE LINGARD’s good form, loaned to West Ham last season, was enough for Bruno Fernandes to name him the Premier League’s best player.
Lingard left Fernandes and his other Manchester United teammates temporarily for the Hammers in January this year.
That was an attempt to get more playing time after falling out of favor after a shocking string of injuries at Old Trafford.
The midfielder started in east London and was rewarded with double recognition as a player AND Goal of the month in April.
Lingard wrote in The Players’ Tribune: “After that, in an interview with United, Bruno Fernandes referred to me as the ‘best player in the Premier League’ … me !!
“Can you believe that?!? That comes from Bruno!
“I love Bruno very much. He left me messages of support during my loan. To get this recognition from someone on his level was just amazing. “
The 28-year-old admitted that he “felt worse than ever” after a persistent groin injury in his 2018/19 season.
And he struggled to get back into the first team, even after he recovered when former boss Jose Mourinho made way for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Lingard credited his brother Lou with keeping him motivated and described how he set up whiteboards with goals he needed to achieve after moving to West Ham.
Player and Goal of the Month awards were among the things he wanted to achieve – he ticked them both off in the same month.
Lingard added, “After that, Lou told me that I might have outperformed. Hahaha!
“But I haven’t overdone it. What you saw at West Ham was the player I can be when it all comes together. Let’s say it was an updated version of the old Jesse Lingard. “
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