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Update On West Ham United And Their Pursuit Of This English Talent: What Should Moyes Do?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent media conference (via The West Ham Way), West Ham United boss David Moyes offered an update on the club’s pursuit of Jesse Lingard. Moyes said,

“Jesse’s doing quite well and he’s getting his shape back.

“But there will be no discussion on Jesse yet. When we’re ready, we will do; but he’s working hard and he’s shown a great attitude to his work.”

Lingard’s Recent Spell At Nottingham Forest

Lingard is currently a free agent after he was released by his last club Nottingham Forest earlier this year. The English talent had a tough campaign at the City Ground recently after finding the back of the net on two occasions and picking up a couple of assists in 20 matches for Nottingham across various competitions.

The 30-year-old struggled to be consistent in the final third as he only averaged 0.6 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He was tidy when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half after making 81.2% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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BRENTFORD, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Jesse Lingard of Nottingham Forest warms up prior to the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Nottingham Forest at Brentford Community Stadium on April 29, 2023 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

What Should West Ham United Boss David Moyes Do With Regards To Lingard?

Lingard is a decent dribbler with the ball at his feet and can make a few driving runs with the ball to the opponent’s penalty box.

The English talent has got a knack of creating a few inviting chances for his teammates in the final third and can shoot the ball with venom and precision from long range. He is primarily an attacking midfielder but can also function as a winger on either flank if told to do so by his manager.

We can expect Lingard to add more firepower to West Ham boss David Moyes’ attack. He already knows the East London club from his previous loan spell with them.

Thus, Moyes should consider offering him a contract if he wants to add more depth to his attack with West Ham competing across four different competitions this season. At 30, Lingard might still have a couple of good seasons left in him to play at a high level. Therefore, the Hammers should think about snapping him up on a free transfer in the not-too-distant future.

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